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Court to hear Dewani appeal

Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani’s appeal will be heard at London’s High Court.

British businessman Shrien Dewani (R) and his father Prakash Dewani arrive at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court, in south-east London, on February 24, 2011. Shrien Dewani faces extradition to South Africa amid accusations he hired hitmen to murder his wife Anni in November during their honeymoon in Cape Town. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Honeymoon murder suspect Shrien Dewani's second appeal in the United Kingdom (UK) against extradition back to South Africa will be heard again today.

The 33-year-old wants High Court judges to halt his removal from the UK.

He's been fingered as the mastermind behind the murder of his wife Anni in Cape Town in 2010.

The original appeal, which was overturned, is now to be reopened at London's High Court.

Two questions will be examined; the first is whether a person who is currently unfit to plead can be accused under the Extradition Act of 2003 and the second is, is it unjust to re-pressure to extradite the person if it's agreed he is unfit, whatever the prognosis.

Dewani, who denies any involvement in his wife's murder and has previously been ruled unfit to plead, is unlikely to attend the hearing.

The victim's family have pledged to be in court and called for other supporters to join them.

The matter is unlikely to be decided today.