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Groom 'too sick' to be in court over killing

A man accused of ordering the murder of his new wife was not present at an extradition hearing today.

Shrien Dewani (31) is accused of hiring a hitman to kill Anni (28) on their honeymoon in South Africa.

Authorities are seeking to have Dewani taken back to the country from the UK to stand trial for the alleged murder in Cape Town in November.

Dewani's spokesman Max Clifford said he was unwell, but did not need to attend court because it was a 20-minute formality to fix a date for a future hearing.


Dewani, from Bristol, has previously fought attempts to extradite him.

But earlier this month it emerged that he may now be willing to return voluntarily to South Africa.

Mrs Dewani, from Sweden, was shot when the taxi the couple were travelling in was hijacked in the Gugulethu township on the outskirts of Cape Town on November 13.

She was found dead in the back of an abandoned cab with a bullet wound to her neck after cabbie Zola Tongo drove the newlyweds to the dangerous township.

His vehicle was hijacked and he and Mr Dewani were ejected before Mrs Dewani was driven away and killed.