Dewani `fit to stand trial` for murder of wife in South Africa

An Indian-origin British businessman accused of murdering his of his Indo-Swedish wife during their honeymoon in South Africa in 2010 is fit to stand trial, a Cape High Court ruled on Friday.

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 15, 2014, 14:59 PM IST

Johannesburg: An Indian-origin British businessman accused of murdering his of his Indo-Swedish wife during their honeymoon in South Africa in 2010 is fit to stand trial, a Cape High Court ruled on Friday.

Shrien Dewani, 34, has been found fit to stand trial in South Africa by panel of psychiatric experts.
"The accused is not mentally ill. The accused is not certifiable in terms of the Mental Health Act," Director of Public Prosecutions Rodney de Kock said.

Dewani`s lawyer Francois van Zyl said the mental health panel made a unanimous decision, including professor Tuviah Zabow, who was appointed by the court as a psychiatrist for Dewani.
"We are in agreement. There is no objection," Van Zyl was quoted as saying by Independent online.
The Bristol-based millionaire businessman is accused of ordering the murder of his wife, 28-year-old Anni, who was shot in Cape Town, in November 2010.

Dewani, who denies murder, was extradited from Britain in April.

He would go on trial on October 6. He would appear in court again on September 9 for a formal pre-trial hearing.

He was assessed over 30 days at Valkenberg Hospital in Cape Town to see if he is mentally fit to stand trial.

Before his extradition, Dewani was detained in a hospital in Britain for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Three men are currently serving jail terms in South African in connection with the death of his Dewani` wife.