Shrien Dewani to be held in psychiatric hospital in South Africa before trial

Shrien Dewani

Shrien Dewani is accused of arranging the murder of his wife Anni on their honeymoon in South Africa. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

A British guy accused of organising his wife’s murder while on honeymoon will be detained in a high-safety psychiatric hospital with some of South Africa’s most notorious killers and rapists when he is extradited up coming week.

Shrien Dewani, a businessman from Bristol, faces months beneath surveillance at Valkenberg psychiatric hospital in Cape Town as he awaits trial above the death of his Swedish wife, Anni, in November 2010. He fought a court battle against extradition on the basis that he was struggling submit-traumatic anxiety disorder and depression.

South Africa’s Times newspaper reported on Friday that “protection has been beefed up and a new safety organization appointed” at Valkenberg just before Dewani’s arrival.

“When the Times visited the hospital yesterday five guards have been monitoring and searching vehicles coming into the premises, in contrast with 3 guards last week,” it continued. “A employee said staff had been advised of Dewani’s arrival this week.”

The hospital has a grim popularity. A 2006 article in South Africa’s respected Mail &amp Guardian newspaper noted: “Although hospital staff and provincial government officials are at pains to point out that it is a hospital, it resembles a prison, with its bleak buildings, visitor physique searches, the sounds of clanging steel gates and burly security guards.

“Staff are also quick to point out that the stark rooms accommodating some of South Africa’s most violent criminals – mainly murderers and rapists – are a enormous improvement on the previously overcrowded and filthy wards.”

Dewani, 33, is expected to arrive in Cape Town on Tuesday morning. Two senior officials from an elite police unit acknowledged as the Hawks and a South African medical professional and nurse will accompany him aboard British Airways flight BA0059 at Heathrow airport at 9.30pm on Monday, in accordance to the Occasions.

The Instances quoted a police source saying that information of Dewani’s flight had been blocked on the country’s border movement control program except to those with substantial safety clearances.

He will land at 9.55am on Tuesday in Cape Town exactly where, South Africa’s justice department stated, he will “immediately be escorted to Western Cape substantial court in which he is anticipated to make his initial look in a South African court of law”.

Dewani denies any involvement in the killing of 28-yr-outdated Anni, who was shot as couple’s taxi was apparently carjacked in Gugulethu township in Cape Town. He claims the couple were kidnapped at gunpoint and he was released unharmed.

A South African guy, Xolile Mngeni, was convicted of the murder and jailed for existence. Zola Tongo, a taxi driver, was jailed for 18 years following he admitted his portion in the killing although an additional accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, pleaded guilty to murder and acquired a 25-year prison sentence.

The pair testified that Dewani had organized the murder, but worries have been raised over the conduct of the police investigation, like allegations of torture.

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