Dewani extradition proceedings finalised

Legal teams are finalising their arguments in Shrien Dewani's extradition request.

Shrien Dewani. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - The resumption of extradition proceedings against honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani is due to be finalised in a London court on Tuesday.

A hearing last month heard how the 32-year-old British businessman's mental health had improved.

A court is due to set in place the return of extradition proceedings in July.

Westminster Magistrates' Court heard in April how Dewani's treatment for depression and severe post-traumatic stress disorder had been working well.

The district judge was told that while he was still poorly he had substantially improved suggesting proceedings could recommence in six weeks' time.

The legal teams have spent the last weeks finalising their arguments with the prospect that the hearing may need to be split in to two sessions, one to consider his health, the other the conditions inside custodial units in South Africa in which he might be held.

It is unlikely Dewani, who denies any involvement in his wife's killing, will attend court so that he can continue his treatment at a secure psychiatric unit.

Anni Dewani was murdered by three men, allegedly hired by her husband Shrien.

The 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.

Dewani was implicated in the attack on his wife which happened in Gugulethu and was arrested by UK police after he left South Africa.

He has since appeared several times in a UK court to challenge his extradition.