Dewani's health has 'significantly improved'

Doctors said they no longer believe Shrien Dewani is at risk of suicide and his stress levels have fallen.

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

LONDON - A London court on Thursday heard that honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani's health has improved significantly.

Doctors said they no longer believe he is at risk of suicide and his stress levels have fallen from severe to moderate.

Dewani is accused of orchestrating the murder of his bride Anni while on honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

However, he denies any involvement in the crime.

South African prosecutors are pushing for his extradition hearing to resume in July.

Thursday's proceedings lasted just 30 minutes, but progress was made in the case.

The latest psychiatric report described Dewani's health as "significantly improved."

He remains at risk of self-harm but his post-traumatic stress disorder has been downgraded from severe to moderate.

Doctors said he complies with most of the requests.

Because the report was only received by lawyers acting on behalf of South African prosecutors on Wednesday night, a further hearing has been set for mid-May to digest its contents and to allow both sides to underline their main points.

Meanwhile, three men are serving lengthy sentences for their part in the crime.

Xolile Mngeni was sentenced to life imprisonment in December.

Mngeni was convicted of robbery with aggravating circumstances, premeditated murder and the illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition.

Mziwamadoda Qwabe and Zola Tongo were sentenced to 25 years and 18 years respectively.