Man Accused in South Africa Honeymoon Murder Misses Trial

Shrien Dewani, the British man accused of killing his new bride on their honeymoon in South Africa last year, did not attend a preliminary extradition hearing in London this week.

"Mr. Dewani is suffering from severe post-traumatic stress disorder and is also clinically depressed," his lawyer, Julian Knowles, told the judge, reports Bloomberg News.

Dewani is accused by South African authorities of having his 28-year-old wife of just two weeks killed by hit men during their honeymoon on Nov. 13. Dewani claims their vehicle was attacked by gunmen during a late-night tour of an impoverished neighborhood in Cape Town.

He says two armed men ambushed their taxi at an intersection, ejecting first the driver and then Dewani from the taxi. The abandoned car was found hours later with Anni Dewani dead inside of a gunshot wound.

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The cab driver, Zola Tongo, said Shrien Dewani set up the whole thing. He said Dewani offered 15,000 rand (about $2,100) to each person involved, but paid only 1,000 (about $145). Tongo was convicted of kidnapping, murder, aggravated robbery and obstructing justice and was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

At the preliminary trial in London, Judge Howard Riddle said Dewani would be required to attend his next court hearing on March 23. A full extradition hearing is scheduled to begin on May 3.

Photo, Bristol Evening Post / PA / AP
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