SAfrica: Honeymoon slaying suspect fit for trial

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SAfrica: Honeymoon slaying suspect fit for trial
***EXCLUSIVE***SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 13: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Anni and Shrien Dewani pictured four days before she was brutally murdered on their honeymoon in the lodge of Chitwa Chitwa safari park on November 10, 2010 in South Africa.These are the first honeymoon photos of tragic Anni Dewani and her murder suspect husband Shrien during their safari at the Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge in South Africa. These exclusive images come from the collection of Chloe Spelling, a fellow traveller who spent two days on safari with the Dewanis. South African Chloe and her Aussie friend Sharon Aylward captured Anni's last days alive, smiling and laughing as she caught her first glimpses of wildlife and dined with fellow tourists. Chloe and Sharon were two of just eight tourists who stayed at the five-star luxury lodge at the same time as Anni Dewani. The photos were taken on November 10, 2010 - just four days before Anni was shot dead by carjackers in a township outside Cape Town. (Photo by Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
A relative of Swedish woman of Indian origin who was murdered while on honeymoon in South Africa, Anni Dewani, displays her photo on his jacket at Westminster Crown Court in London on July 24, 2013. A British businessman accused of orchestrating the murder of his bride during their honeymoon in Cape Town should be extradited to South Africa to face trial, a judge ruled on July 24, 2013. Lawyers for Shrien Dewani, who has suffered from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder since the 2010 killing of his Swedish wife Anni, had argued that his mental health is too fragile. AFP PHOTO / ANDREW COWIE (Photo credit should read ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images)
[UNVERIFIED CONTENT] Shrien Dewani, accused of having his wife murdered during their honeymoon in Cape Town, arrives at Belmarsh Magistrates Court in London. Dewani is in the middle of a court battle to avoid being extradited to South Africa to face the charges.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – NOVEMBER 21: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT A high police guard was present following a bomb scare at the Cape Town High Court on November 21, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. Mngeni was found guilty of robbery with aggravating circumstances, premeditated murder and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, after his involvement with the murder of Anni Dewani, allegedly plotted by her British husband Shrien Dewani. (Photo by Foto24 / Foto24 / Gallo Images / Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – NOVEMBER 21: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) A high police guard was present following a bomb scare at the Cape Town High Court on November 21, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. Mngeni was found guilty of robbery with aggravating circumstances, premeditated murder and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, after his involvement with the murder of Anni Dewani, allegedly plotted by her British husband Shrien Dewani.(Photo by Foto24 / Foto24 / Gallo Images / Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - OCTOBER 10: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Pathologist Dr. Janette Verster testifies during the trial of Xolile Mngeni, who is accused of murdering British tourist Anni Dewani, in the Cape High Court on October 10, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. Mngeni stands accused of shooting Anni, in a murder allegedly plotted by her British husband Shrien Dewani. (Photo by Lulama Zenzile/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 28: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Evidence on display in the Western Cape High Court, where suspect Xolile Mngeni appears in connection with the murder of Anni Dewani, on August 28, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. Mngeni is accused of pulling the trigger on Anni, in a murder allegedly plotted by her British husband Shrien Dewani. (Photo by Lulama Zenzile/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 30: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Co-accused Xolile Mngeni uses a zimmer frame as he walks into the murder trial of Anni Dewani, in the Cape Town High Court, on August 30, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. Mziwamadoda Qwabe, who has already been convicted of the murder of the honeymooner, today told the court that Mngeni shot Dewani. The deceased's husband Shrien Dewani remains in Britain fighting extradition as he faces accusations of allegedly plotting her murder. (Photo by Yunus Mohamed/Foto24/Gallo Images/ Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 28: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Evidence on display in the Western Cape High Court, where suspect Xolile Mngeni appears in connection with the murder of Anni Dewani, on August 28, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. Mngeni is accused of pulling the trigger on Anni, in a murder allegedly plotted by her British husband Shrien Dewani. (Photo by Lulama Zenzile/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 27: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Murdered tourist Anni Dewani's watch and bangle are handed in as evidence, as one of the men accused of murdering her, Xolile Mngeni appears in the Western Cape High Court on August 27, 2012 in Cape Town, South Africa. Anni's father Vinod Hindocha and other family members attended the court hearing at which Mngeni stands accused of pulling the trigger on Anni, in a murder allegedly plotted by her British husband Shrien Dewani. (Photo by Edrea du Toit/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
***EXCLUSIVE***SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 13: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Anni and Shrien Dewani on their honeymoon at the Chitwa Chitwa safari park in South Africa.These are the first honeymoon photos of tragic Anni Dewani and her murder suspect husband Shrien during their safari at the Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge in South Africa. These exclusive images come from the collection of Chloe Spelling, a fellow traveller who spent two days on safari with the Dewanis. South African Chloe and her Aussie friend Sharon Aylward captured Anni's last days alive, smiling and laughing as she caught her first glimpses of wildlife and dined with fellow tourists. Chloe and Sharon were two of just eight tourists who stayed at the five-star luxury lodge at the same time as Anni Dewani. The photos were taken on November 10, 2010 - just four days before Anni was shot dead by carjackers in a township outside Cape Town. (Photo by Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
***EXCLUSIVE***SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 13: ***EXCLUSIVE*** (L-R) Chloe Speller, Sharon Aylware, Anni and Shrien Dewani pictured four days before Anni was brutally murdered on their honeymoon in the lodge of Chitwa Chitwa safari park on November 10, 2010 in South Africa.These are the first honeymoon photos of tragic Anni Dewani and her murder suspect husband Shrien during their safari at the Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge in South Africa. These exclusive images come from the collection of Chloe Spelling, a fellow traveller who spent two days on safari with the Dewanis. South African Chloe and her Aussie friend Sharon Aylward captured Anni's last days alive, smiling and laughing as she caught her first glimpses of wildlife and dined with fellow tourists. Chloe and Sharon were two of just eight tourists who stayed at the five-star luxury lodge at the same time as Anni Dewani. The photos were taken on November 10, 2010 - just four days before Anni was shot dead by carjackers in a township outside Cape Town. (Photo by Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
***EXCLUSIVE***SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 13: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Anni and Shrien Dewani on their honeymoon at the Chitwa Chitwa safari park in South Africa.These are the first honeymoon photos of tragic Anni Dewani and her murder suspect husband Shrien during their safari at the Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge in South Africa. These exclusive images come from the collection of Chloe Spelling, a fellow traveller who spent two days on safari with the Dewanis. South African Chloe and her Aussie friend Sharon Aylward captured Anni's last days alive, smiling and laughing as she caught her first glimpses of wildlife and dined with fellow tourists. Chloe and Sharon were two of just eight tourists who stayed at the five-star luxury lodge at the same time as Anni Dewani. The photos were taken on November 10, 2010 - just four days before Anni was shot dead by carjackers in a township outside Cape Town. (Photo by Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Shrien Dewani leaves Southmead police station after he reported there as part of his bail conditions on January 17, 2011 in Bristol, England. Shrien Dewani was granted bail in December after a hearing at the High Court. Shrien Dewani, is accused of conspiring to murder his new wife Anni Dewani, while on honeymoon in South Africa. A family friend has told the BBC that he is not ruling out a negotiated return to South Africa to stand trial. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
***EXCLUSIVE***SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 13: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Anni and Shrien Dewani on their honeymoon at the Chitwa Chitwa safari park in South Africa.These are the first honeymoon photos of tragic Anni Dewani and her murder suspect husband Shrien during their safari at the Chitwa Chitwa Game Lodge in South Africa. These exclusive images come from the collection of Chloe Spelling, a fellow traveller who spent two days on safari with the Dewanis. South African Chloe and her Aussie friend Sharon Aylward captured Anni's last days alive, smiling and laughing as she caught her first glimpses of wildlife and dined with fellow tourists. Chloe and Sharon were two of just eight tourists who stayed at the five-star luxury lodge at the same time as Anni Dewani. The photos were taken on November 10, 2010 - just four days before Anni was shot dead by carjackers in a township outside Cape Town. (Photo by Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
Prakash Dewani, center, father of murder accused Shrien Dewani arrives at the High Court before his son's brief appearance in in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. British man Shrien Dewani accused of arranging the killing of his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa was on Friday declared fit to stand trial for murder after undergoing psychiatric observation at a Cape Town hospital. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
South African police are seen center, as Shrien Dewani, sits in the back of car as they leave the High Court after his brief appearance in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. Dewani is accused of arranging the killing of his wife, Anni, on their honeymoon in South Africa, November 2010, on September 9, he will appear for a formal pre-trial hearing, with the start of his trial on October 6. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Preyen Dewani, brother of murder accused Shrien Dewani, arrives at the High Court before his brother's brief appearance in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014. British man Shrien Dewani accused of arranging the killing of his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa was on Friday declared fit to stand trial for murder after undergoing psychiatric observation at a Cape Town hospital. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Prakash Dewani, left, father of murder accused Shrien Dewani leaves the High Court after his son's brief appearance in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 20, 2014. Dewani is accused of arranging the killing of his wife, Anni, on their honeymoon in South Africa, November 2010, his court case was postponed. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Preyen Dewani, center, brother of murder accused Shrien Dewani arrives at the High Court before his brothers brief appearance in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 20, 2014. Dewani is accused of arranging the killing of his wife, Anni, on their honeymoon in South Africa, November 2010, his court case was postponed. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
South African police provide security before murder accused Shrien Dewani leaves the High Court after a brief appearance in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 20, 2014. Dewani is accused of arranging the killing of his wife, Anni, on their honeymoon in South Africa, November 2010, his court case was postponed. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Murder accused Shrien Dewani leaves the High Court after a brief appearance in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, June 20, 2014. Dewani is accused of arranging the killing of his wife, Anni, on their honeymoon in South Africa, November 2010, his court case was postponed. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
South African Police secure the area outside the High Court, right, before the appearance of Shrien Dewani at court in Cape Town, South Africa, Monday, May 12, 2014. Dewani is accused of arranging the killing of his wife, Anni, on their honeymoon in South Africa, November 2010. The court case was postponed till June 20. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
A convoy of police vehicles carrying Shrien Dewani, from Britain, in front vehicle, leaves the Cape Town International Airport, South Africa, Tuesday, April, 8, 2014 en route to the High Court. Dewani, arrived under escort in South Africa after he lost a long battle to avoid extradition from Britain. He is accused of arranging the killing of his wife, Anni, on their honeymoon in November 2010. (AP Photo) SOUTH AFRICA OUT
Shrien Dewani arrives at the airport in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday April, 8, 2014. Dewani, arrived under escort in South Africa from Britain, after he lost a long battle to avoid extradition. He is accused of arranging the killing of his wife, Anni, on their honeymoon in November 2010. (AP Photo/Leigh-Anne Jansen, eNCA) MANDATORY CREDIT - SOUTH AFRICA OUT
The brother of slain Anni Dewani, Anish Hindocha, left, and sister Ami Denborg arrive at a Magistrates court in London, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. The full extradition hearing for UK-based Shrien Dewani, accused of the honeymoon murder of his wife in South Africa, began on Monday. Dewani, 33, is accused of orchestrating the death of his 28-year-old wife Anni, who was shot as the couple travelled in a taxi on the outskirts of Cape Town in November 2010. He has been receiving treatment for mental health problems at a hospital in Bristol.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
Nilam Hindocha, the mother of Anni Dewani, leaves the Westminster Magistrates Court, during a break of the extradition hearing of Shrien Dewani who is wanted in South Africa over the murder of her daughter, in London, Monday, July 1, 2013. Shrien Dewani continues to fight extradition to South Africa where he is accused of the killing of his wife Anni in Cape Town in November, 2010. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
CORRECTS TO LEAVING Vinod Hindocha, centre, father of murdered Anni Dewani, leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, with family members after a hearing of Shrien Dewani's health assessment to consider if he is fit for extradition to South Africa for the alleged killing of his wife, Anni, who was shot in an apparent car hijacking while on their honeymoon in Nov. 2010, in Cape Town. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Vinod Hindocha, the father of murdered Anni Dewani, arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, with family members for a hearing of Shrien Dewani's health assessment to consider if he is fit for extradition to South Africa for the alleged killing of his wife, Anni, who was shot in an apparent car hijacking while on their honeymoon in Nov. 2010, in Cape Town. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
South African Xolile Mngeni, left, arrive with South African Mziwamadoda Qwabe, unseen, in court accused in taking part in the shooting death of Swedish Anni Dewani in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, May 11, 2012. Two South Africans, allegedly hired by a British newlywed Shrien Dewani to kill his Swedish bride on their honeymoon, appeared in Cape Town High Court on Friday. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
South African Xolile Mngeni, center, stand with Mziwamadoda Qwabe, unseen, in court accused in taking part in the shooting death of Swedish woman Anni Dewani in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, May 11, 2012. Two South Africans, allegedly hired by a British newlywed Shrien Dewani to kill his Swedish bride on their honeymoon, appeared in Cape Town High Court on Friday. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
South African Xolile Mngeni tries to hide his face as he walk's from the dock at court where he is appearing accused of taking part in the shooting death of Swedish honeymooner Anni Dewani, in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, April 13, 2012. Two South Africans, Xolile Mngeni and Mziwamadoda Qwabe were allegedly hired by a British newlywed Shrien Dewani to kill his Swedish bride during their honeymoon in November 2010, and appear in court accused of charges relating to kidnapping, robbery, murder, and illegal possession of a firearms. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
Ami Denborg, second right, sister of Anni Dewani, wife of Shrien Dewani, speaks to the media outside the High Court in London after for the High Court ruling on Shrien Dewani's extradition to South Africa, Friday, March 30, 2012. British businessman, Shrien Dewani, accused of hiring a hit man to kill his wife during their Cape Town honeymoon is too mentally fragile to be extradited to South Africa, the country's High Court ruled Friday. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
Ami Denborg, sister of Anni Dewani, wife of Shrien Dewani, arrives at the High Court in London for the High Court ruling on Shrien Dewani's extradition to South Africa, Friday, March 30, 2012. British businessman, Shrien Dewani, accused of hiring a hit man to kill his wife during their Cape Town honeymoon is too mentally fragile to be extradited to South Africa, the country's High Court ruled Friday. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
South African Xolile Mngeni, left, and South African Mziwamadoda Qwabe, right, appear in the dock at court accused of taking part in the shooting death of Swedish Anni Dewani in Cape Town, South Africa, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. Two South Africans, allegedly hired by a British newlywed Shrien Dewani to kill his Swedish bride on their honeymoon, are to appear in Cape Town High Court on Friday. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
People light candles, next to a photo of Anni Dewani, in Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday, Nov 13, 2011 a year after she was shot dead, after gunmen hijacked her and her husband's taxi on November 13 2010 as they traveled through Gugulethu township . South African authorities want to want to extradite and put the Bristol businessman, Shrien Dewani, on trial for allegedly ordering his wife's murder in the country while on honeymoon in November 2010.(AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
A boy walks past during a vigil tribute for Anni Dewani, seen in picture at centre, in Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday, Nov 13, 2011, a year after she was shot dead by gunmen who hijacked a taxi carrying her and her husband on November 13 2010, as they traveled through Gugulethu township. South African authorities want to put the bride's new husband, English businessman Shrien Dewani, on trial for allegedly ordering his wife's murder in the country while on honeymoon in November 2010.(AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
A photo of Anni Dewani, with flowers at a vigil n Cape Town, South Africa, Sunday, Nov 13, 2011 a year after she was shot dead, after gunmen hijacked her and her husband's taxi on November 13 2010 as they traveled through Gugulethu township . South African authorities want to want to extradite and put the Bristol businessman, Shrien Dewani, on trial for allegedly ordering his wife's murder in the country while on honeymoon in November 2010.(AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA JUNE 20: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Shrien Dewani's arrives at the Western Cape High Court on June 20, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Dewani is accused of organising his wife's murder while they were on honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010. He is due to appear in court today. (Photo by Denvor Wee/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA APRIL 8: (SOUTH AFRICA OUT) Members of the ANC Women's League protest outside the Western Cape High Court on April 8, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Shrien Dewani landed in Cape Town this morning, in the company of a medical doctor, nurse and members of SAPS and Interpol. Dewani is accused of organising his wife's murder while they were on honeymoon in Cape Town in 2010. (Photo by Liza van Deventerr/Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 08: Woman's rights activists protest outside the Western Cape High Court where Shrien Dewani arrived in a South African Police cavalcade after having been succesfully exradited from the United Kingdom on April 8, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Dewani is set make a brief appearance in Court 1 where he is to be formally charged for the murder of his wife Anni in Gugulethu Township in Cape Town on November 2010. Dewani has secured some of the country's foremost legal minds to argue his case. The court first needs to deem whether he is fit to stand trial and the case is likely to be postponed. (Photo by Michelly Rall/Getty Images)
International Media and South African police wait outside the Valkenberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa on April 8, 2014, where Shrien Dewani (unseen), a British businessman accused of murder, will be held as he waits for the start of his trial after being extradited from Britain. British businessman Shrien Dewani landed on April 8 in South Africa, where he is expected to be formally charged with murdering his 28-year-old Swedish bride Anni on their 2010 honeymoon in Cape Town. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 08: A general view of the Western Cape High Court where Shrien Dewani will have his first hearing on April 8, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Dewani arrived in a South African Police cavalcade after having been succesfully exradited from the United Kingdom . He is to be formally charged for the murder of his wife Anni in Gugulethu Township in Cape Town on November 2010. Dewani has secured some of the country's foremost legal minds to argue his case. The court first needs to deem whether he is fit to stand trial and the case is likely to be postponed. (Photo by Michelly Rall/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 08: A general view of Court 1 where Shrien Dewani will have his first hearing on April 8, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Dewani arrived at the Western Cape High Court in a South African Police cavalcade after having been succesfully exradited from the United Kingdom . He is to be formally charged for the murder of his wife Anni in Gugulethu Township in Cape Town on November 2010. Dewani has secured some of the country's foremost legal minds to argue his case. The court first needs to deem whether he is fit to stand trial and the case is likely to be postponed. (Photo by Michelly Rall/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 05: A general view of Valkenberg Psychiatric Hospital is seen on April 5, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. The British businessman Shrien Dewani will be held at the psychiatric high security unit whilst he awaits trial for his alleged involvement in the death of his wife Anni whilst on their honeymoon in South Africa in 2010. The trial starts on Tuesday 8th April, 2014. (Photo by Michelly Rall/Getty Images)
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By CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA

JOHANNESBURG (AP) - A British man accused of arranging the killing of his wife on their honeymoon in South Africa was on Friday declared fit to stand trial for murder after undergoing psychiatric observation at a Cape Town hospital.

Shrien Dewani is expected to go on trial in early October following a long legal battle during which he was sent to South Africa from Britain in April after years of resisting extradition amid claims he had mental problems. More psychiatric evaluations followed in South Africa, and the conclusions of a mental health panel opened the way for Dewani to face murder and other charges for the 2010 death of his bride, Anni.

"The accused is not mentally ill," the South African Press Association quoted prosecutor Rodney de Kock as saying in the Western Cape High Court. The news agency also quoted defense lawyer Francois van Zyl as saying he did not object to the finding.

Dewani appeared in court during the pre-trial hearing on his mental health. His family members sat in the gallery. He is scheduled to return to court for a pre-trial hearing in September.

Dewani's bride, Anni, was found shot dead in an abandoned taxi in the Cape Town area. Dewani is accused of hiring men to kill her and make it look like a botched carjacking. Three men have been convicted for the murder.

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