Dewani due in SA

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Shrien Dewani is expected to arrive in South Africa on April 8 to face charges in connection with the death of his wife. File picture: Matt Dunham

Johannesburg -

The National Prosecuting Authority is expected to brief the media on the expected arrival of honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani on Monday.

Dewani is expected in the country on April 8 to face charges related to the murder of his wife Anni.

On March 24, Justice Department spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said Dewani was expected to leave London on Monday and land in South Africa the following day.

He would then appear in the Cape High Court in connection with the murder of his wife in 2010.

Dewani claims he and Anni were kidnapped at gunpoint as they drove through Gugulethu in Cape Town in a taxi in November 2010.

Dewani was released unharmed. The next day his wife's body was found in the abandoned car. She had been shot dead.

The couple were on honeymoon at the time.

Xolile Mngeni was convicted of the murder and jailed for life. Prosecutors allege Dewani hired him to kill his wife.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo was jailed for 18 years after he admitted his part in the killing. Another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, pleaded guilty to murder and received a 25-year prison sentence.

Dewani, who is being detained in hospital in Britain under the Mental Health Act, has denied any part in the murder.

Mhaga said the NPA was confident that Dewani would receive a fair trial in South Africa's courts.

“He will be kept at a medical facility due to his peculiar medical condition.” - Sapa


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