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NPA ready for Dewani murder trial

The British businessman is scheduled to go on trial in the Western Cape High Court on Monday.

FILE: British businessman and honeymoon murder accused Shrien Dewani arrives in Cape Town on 8 April 2014. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it's ready to proceed with Shrien Dewani's murder trial on Monday.

The British businessman is accused of hiring hitmen to kill Anni during their honeymoon in Cape Town in November 2010.

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

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

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

He denies any wrongdoing in Anni's murder.

The state says its ready to proceed but the prosecution is not divulging who is on the witness list just yet.

The NPA's Nathi Mncube says, "We do not want to cause unnecessary stress to the witnesses by revealing their names, especially because there's a lot of media attention in this case."

Dewani was extradited from the United Kingdom in April and was deemed mentally fit to stand trial after undergoing a 30-day mental health evaluation.

Deputy Judge President Jeanette Traverso will preside over the trial.

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