Dewani detained in a secure mental health hospital
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 23:59
  
London: Indian-origin businessman accused of ordering his Indo-Swedish wife's murder on their honeymoon in South Africa has been detained in a secure mental health hospital, his lawyer said.

Shrien Dewani, 31, is held at Fromeside Clinic in Bristol, Southwest England, under the Mental Health Act, his lawyer Julian Knowles told Westminster Magistrates Court.

Dewani, who is facing extradition to South Africa for his alleged part in the killing of his wife Anni Dewani, 28, in Cape Town in November, was admitted to Fromeside clinic after he was removed from another hospital for disruptive and aggressive behaviour, BBC reported.

Court heard that he was suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder following the shooting of Anni Dewani. Although he remains on bail, Dewani will not be able to leave the hospital.

"Security is effected by staff, he has no ability to leave," Knowles said.

District Judge Howard Riddle renewed Dewani's 250,000 pound bail and said he will no longer have to wear an electronic tag as he will be unable to leave the secure hospital.

Knowles indicated Dewani's legal team would fight extradition on the grounds of his poor mental health and prison conditions in South Africa.

A full extradition hearing will begin on 3 May at Belmarsh magistrates' court in south east London. Dewani was not present in court today but he will have to attend his extradition hearing.

He denies any wrongdoing. The hearing will be split into two parts, with further time allowed for a psychiatric report on Mr Dewani's condition to be carried out.

Anni, from Sweden, was shot when a cab the couple were travelling in was hijacked. Her body was later found in the abandoned car. Mr Dewani had been released unharmed.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo, 31, from Bothasig, Cape Town, has been sentenced to 18 years in jail for murder, kidnapping, robbery with aggravating circumstances and perverting the course of justice.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 23:59


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