Dewani: Doctor happy with Valkenburg

A prison psychiatrist says he has no qualms about Shrien Dewani being treated at Valkenburg.

Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani. Picture: AFP

LONDON - British businessman Shrien Dewani's extradition hearing in London has heard South African authorities are prepared to make an exception for him.

The 32-year-old is accused of masterminding the murder of his bride Anni in Cape Town in November 2010.

Britain's leading consultant forensic psychiatrist in prisons Dr Ian Cumming visited Valkenburg Hospital in the Western Cape and says he has no qualms about Dewani being treated there.

Cumming visited the hospital in March.

As one of Dewani's former psychiatrists, he wanted to see what facilities would greet him, if he were extradited and detained in custody.

The court was told Dewani would be held in a general psychiatrist unit of the Valkenburg Hospital whereas normally those going through the court process will be held in the forensic psychiatric unit.

Cumming said this was exceptional and probably the first time it happened and his visits and interviews with staff were open and transparent.

Dewani is currently recovering from post-traumatic stress and has been excused from the hearing.

Meanwhile, three South African men are currently serving lengthy sentences for their part in the alleged staged hijacking.

However, Dewani denies any involvement in the crime.

Anni's family has urged Dewani to return to South Africa to clear his name so they can find closure.