Dewani lands in S.Africa to answer honeymoon murder charge

8th April 2014, Comments 0 comments

British businessman Shrien Dewani landed on Tuesday in South Africa, where he is expected to be formally charged with murdering his wife on their 2010 honeymoon in Cape Town.

"Shrien Dewani has landed... and was received by members of the SA Police Service," South Africa's justice ministry said.

"He arrived in the company of a medical doctor, nurse and members of SAPS (South African police) and Interpol."

Dewani denies ordering the killing of his 28-year-old Swedish bride Anni in Cape Town in November 2010, and has been fighting extradition from Britain ever since.

He claimed he had mental health problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress, and was detained in Britain under mental health legislation.

But a British court ruled last month that after numerous legal challenges, he could be sent to South Africa.

Late Monday, officers from Britain's Metropolitan Police Service Extradition Unit took Dewani, 34, from Fromeside Hospital in southwest England, where he has been receiving treatment for reported mental health problems, to nearby Bristol Airport.

Following his arrival in Cape Town, he is expected to be taken directly to the Western Cape High Court to be formally charged.

Dewani claimed he and his bride were kidnapped at gunpoint as they drove through the Gugulethu township near Cape Town in a taxi.

South African Xolile Mngeni was jailed for life for the murder in December 2012. Two other men jailed over the killing allege that Dewani ordered the hit.

After the court hearing, scheduled for 11:30 am (0930 GMT) on Tuesday, Dewani is expected to be taken to the high-security Valkenberg psychiatric hospital in Cape Town, where he will stay until his fate is decided.

Members of Anni Dewani's family are planning to attend the trial.


© 2014 AFP

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