Thursday, January 20, 2011

DEWANI did not attend hearing due to 'acute stress disorder'
Shrien Dewani’s extradition hearing has been postponed and moved to a bigger court.
Thursday’s hearing was adjourned after about 20 minutes.

Dewani is accused of masterminding the murder of his wife, Anni, who was killed while on their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.

Amid chaotic scenes the hearing got underway half an hour later than scheduled, but lasted less than 20 minutes.

Dewani did not attend. The court heard a psychiatrist said he was unfit to be present because of acute stress disorder.

Journalists from around the world packed the court to hear an outline of the documentation supplied to the magistrate from the South African High Commission.

The 31-year-old has been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder, kidnap, robbery and obstructing justice. He has denied all five charges.

The next hearing was set for 8 February in a larger court.

(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)