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Dewani's D-Day tomorrow

John Hlophe will tomorrow decide whether or not Shrien Dewani is mentally fit to stand trial.

FILE: Shrien Dewani is accused of hiring hitmen to kill his wife Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Cape Judge President John Hlophe will tomorrow decide whether or not murder accused Shrien Dewani is mentally fit to stand trial.

In June, the state brought an application for Dewani's mental health to be officially assessed by a panel of experts.

The British businessman is accused of hiring hit men to kill his wife Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.

Anni's body was found in an abandoned car in Khayelitsha following an apparent staged hijacking.

Dewani is accused of paying three men to kill her, which he has vehemently denied.

Three other men are already serving lengthy jail terms for their roles in the murder.

Dewani was extradited from the United Kingdom to South Africa in April.

The state has only 16 months to bring him to trial or he'll be sent back to Britain.

Tomorrow's court appearance is a crucial one.

Hlophe will be handed an assessment on Dewani's mental health, compiled by a panel of experts.

They're expected to determine whether he is fit to stand trial on 6 October.

Their assessment is vital because two previous reports on Dewani's mental health had come to contradictory conclusions.

According to the two reports dated 3 June, one doctor found Dewani was not depressed.

The British businessman's private psychiatrist, however, held a different view and diagnosed him with panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and a mood disorder.

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