Dewani medical assessment questioned

UK authorities look at the relationship between psychiatrists assessing Dewani.

Shrien Dewani (R) arrives at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court sitting at Woolwich Crown Court in south London, on August 10, 2011. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Shrien Dewani's extradition hearing is going ahead while the British Prosecuting Authority look into the relationship between two psychiatrists who have assessed him.

Michael Kopelman represents the South African government, while Nigel Eastman has been acting on behalf of Dewani.

The psychiatrists are on opposite sides of Dewani's extradition case and it has been implied they have colluded when compiling his medical assessment.

Kopelman and Eastman formed the Forensic Chamber in July 2011, days before that they issued a joint statement on Dewani's health.

Dewani is said to be depressed and suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

In March, a London court ruled that Dewani was not fit to return to Cape Town to face his trial based on the medical report. He is back in court in September, and Anni Dewani's father says he plans to sit in on proceedings.

Chief Magistrate Howard Riddles will rule on all Dewani's medical assessments on 18 September.


Meanwhile, the case against the alleged hitman Xolile Mngeni is currently underway at the Western Cape High Court.

Mngeni has pleaded not guilty to all charges against him.

The state's witness implicated Shrien during his testimony this week.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe said they were paid R15,000 for the murder.

Qwabe is currently serving 25 years for his role in the crime.

Look out for Eyewitness News' exclusive interview with Anni's father and cousin later.