|Dewani charged with murdering young Indian bride during honeymoon
South Africa formally charged extradited British businessman Shrien Dewani (Pictured) with ordering his wife's murder during their 2010 honeymoon in Cape Town, and remanded him in custody.
After losing a three-year extradition fight, Dewani, 34, an ethnic Indian, arrived in South Africa today and was driven to a Cape Town court.
He sat expressionless as Judge John Hlophe ruled that he would be remanded in custody at the Valkenberg mental institution, AFP reports.
“The state and defense have agreed that the matter will be postponed until 12 May and that accused be remanded in custody,'' said state prosecutor Rodney de Kok.
“We have agreed that Mr Dewani will be transferred in custody to the Valkenberg hospital.''
Dewani was formally charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and defeating the ends of justice, by the country's elite crime-fighting unit, the Hawks.
“Dewani has been accused of orchestrating the murder of his wife. He allegedly ordered local men to carry out a hit on his wife and make it look like a fatal carjacking incident. A substantial amount of money was paid for the hit,'' the Hawks said in a statement.
Dewani denies ordering the killing of his 28-year-old bride Anni in Cape Town in November 2010. They were married in Mumbai, India, and went to South Africa on their honeymoon.
He claims the couple were kidnapped at gunpoint during their honeymoon as they drove through the Gugulethu township in a taxi.
He was released unharmed, but his wife's body was found in the abandoned car the next day. There were two bullets wounds to her neck.
Prosecutors allege Dewani hired South African Xolile Mngeni to kill Anni. Mngeni was jailed for life for the murder in December 2012.
Two other men also jailed over the killing allege that Dewani ordered the hit.—AFP