Monday 22 January 2018

Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani sent to psychiatric hospital in South Africa after brief court visit

Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani has been sent to a psychiatric hospital until next month after a brief court appearance.

The 34-year-old was brought to Western Cape High Court in Cape Town in a police convoy this morning after he was extradited from the UK last night at the end of a long legal battle.

His wife Anni Dewani, 28, died when she was shot in the neck as the couple travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010.

Millionaire businessman Dewani is accused of paying three men to kill her during the couple's honeymoon, which he denies.

Dressed in a dark suit he attended court for a short hearing this morning and will now be held at Valkenburg psychiatric hospital until his next appearance on May 12.

The South African government has agreed with the UK that if a trial has not started within 18 months, Dewani will be returned to Britain.

His family said in a statement: "Shrien remains committed to proving his innocence in a court of law and uncovering the truth behind his wife's murder.

"The extradition process has resulted in a number of assurances being provided by the South African authorities in relation to his continued hospital treatment.

"We are grateful to the South African authorities for these assurances. Shrien's family and his legal team have every confidence in the South African judicial system.

"We look forward to his health improving, his name being cleared and there being an end to this legal trauma for all involved.

"We recognise the widespread public interest in this case but respect the proper place for its resolution to be the South African courts."

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