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Dewani extradition hearing to resume

The hearing before the Westminster Magistrate’s Court in central London is set down for five days.

Shrien Dewani has appeared several times in a UK court to challenge his extradition on the grounds of poor mental health. Picture: AFP

LONDON - The family of murdered honeymoon bride Anni Dewani are scheduled to arrive in the United Kingdom (UK) for her husband Shrien's extradition hearing, which takes place this week.

Anni was gunned down in an apparent staged hijacking in Cape Town in 2010 while on honeymoon.

She was murdered by three men, who were allegedly hired by Shrien.

Her family is hoping to see the 32-year-old British businessman sent back to South Africa to stand trial for orchestrating her murder.

The hearing before the Westminster Magistrate's Court in central London is set down for five days.

District Judge Howard Riddle, who presided over the original extradition hearing, will again hear evidence set out before him.

The hearing will concentrate on two aspects of the case namely Dewani's mental health which the court has been told has been fluctuating in the last few months, and the conditions of the prison units in which he might be detained if extradited.

Some of the evidence will be given from witnesses in South Africa via video link and the rest from the witness stand in the court.

Dewani denies any involvement in his wife's killing.

The other three men are serving lengthy sentences for their role 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, for their part in the crime.

Dewani has appeared several times in a UK court to challenge his extradition on the grounds of poor mental health.

Last year, a court in the UK ruled it would be "unjust and oppressive" to extradite him as his mental state had deteriorated since his arrest.

His legal team has previously argued he should not be extradited because he would not receive a fair trial and South Africa's prisons were unsafe.