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South African 'honeymoon murder' trial set for Oct 6

Published on Jun 20, 2014 5:55 PM
 
British businessman Shrien Dewani, seen here (right) in London in 2011, was extradited from Britain in April after losing a three-year battle to avoid trial in South Africa over the death of his wife Anni, shot dead in a taxi in November 2010 on the outskirts of Cape Town. PHOTO: AFP

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - A South African court on Friday set Oct 6 as the start date for the trial of British businessman Shrien Dewani, who is accused of planning the murder of his bride in a staged car-jacking while on honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010.

Dewani was extradited from Britain in April after losing a three-year battle to avoid trial in South Africa.

Since his arrival, he has been treated at a state psychiatric hospital for post-traumatic stress and depression related to the killing of his Swedish wife, Anni.

Pretoria spent millions of rand securing Dewani's return, keen to win a conviction in a case that tarnished South Africa's image soon after it successfully hosted the Soccer World Cup.

 
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