Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dewani:Next hearing March 23rd.but his lawyer doubts he will be well enough to return to SA....


The date for the next hearing was set for March 23 at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court, which Dewani will be required to attend. But his lawyer, Julian Knowles, indicated it was uncertain whether his client would recover in time for the extradition proceedings. He also told the court Dewani's ill health had made it difficult for him to take instruction from him.

District Judge Howard Riddle told the court he had only allowed him to be absent from Tuesday's case management hearing after being told that progress could be made in the case without him being there, he said. And he rejected the claim of illness as a reason for Dewani's absence despite receiving a letter from a psychiatrist telling him it would be "detrimental to his health" if he were to attend court.

A timetable for the case was set, according to which the South African government will respond to the defence's arguments on April 20. A three-day extradition hearing will take place from May 3 to 5, determining whether Dewani will be forced to return to the country where his wife was killed.