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D-Day for Dewani

A British Court will today rule on whether Shrien Dewani will be extradited to SA or not.

Shrien Dewani is accused of masterminding his wife Anni's murder in an alleged staged hijacking in Cape Town in November 2010. Picture: Facebook.

LONDON - Honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani is expected to hear later on Wednesday whether he will be extradited to South Africa to stand trial for the murder of his wife Anni.

Shrien is accused of masterminding Anni's murder in an alleged staged hijacking in Cape Town in November 2010.

Dewani is suffering from depression and severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

He denies any involvement in the crime and 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.

Earlier this month, District Judge Howard Riddle sat through a four-day hearing at the Westminster Magistrate's Court as both prosecution and defense teams laid out their cases for him to review.

The hearing concentrated 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.

Dewani's legal experts assert he's not fit to stand trial and should be allowed another six months to recover from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

However, prosecutors say he should be extradited now and say South African authorities have pledged unprecedented undertakings to ensure Dewani's care would continue to the same standard if he is extradited.

Dewani is not expected to attend the short hearing.

Three men are already serving lengthy jail sentences for their part in the killing.

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 for their part in the crime.