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Suspect in Swedish bride killing may escape trial

AFP/The Local · 3 Aug 2011, 07:26

Published: 03 Aug 2011 07:26 GMT+02:00

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"If accused number one does not respond positively to the medical treatment that he is receiving, the director of public prosecutions will of course have to make a decision as to whether it is practical at all to proceed against him at a later stage," magistrate Jackie Redelinghuys said.

"But the trial will then in all likeliness, if he is unfit to come to court within the near future, proceed against you," he told the second accused, Mziwamadoda Qwabe.

First accused Xolile Mngeni had a brain tumour removed in June and two medical reports were submitted as court evidence before the case was postponed to September 20.

"He's in the cells but he's not in a condition to appear in court," Mngeni's lawyer, Vusi Tshabalala told journalists.


"Based on what the reports are showing, he has to get chemo."

Meanwhile, prosecutors are fighting for Anni's British husband Shrien to face murder charges alonside the two South Africans accused of her killing last November.

A London court is expected to rule on a bid by South Africa's prosecutions to extradite Dewani on August 10.

Dewani was thrown out of a car and his wife, a native of Mariestad in central Sweden, was abducted and shot dead on November 13 after the newlyweds were allegedly hijacked in a poor township on the outskirts of Cape Town.

Taxi driver Zola Tongo was jailed for 18 years after turning state witness and pleaded guilty to his part in the killing, but claimed Dewani had ordered the car-jacking and paid him.

Qwabe and Mngeni will remain in custody until the next hearing.

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The delay to next month was to get more clarity on his co-accused's medical condition and treatment.

Dewani's extradition proceedings began in May but were adjourned while a psychiatric report was compiled. He has been granted bail but is staying in a secure mental hospital in Bristol for his own safety.

Dewani denies any wrongdoing.

AFP/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

09:52 August 3, 2011 by zooeden
11:39 August 3, 2011 by jacquelinee
if he has a brain tumor it is karma...but personally? Not buying it.
13:35 August 3, 2011 by Svensksmith
I agree zooeden, the guillitine will certainly destroy the brain tumor.
14:05 August 3, 2011 by RobinHood
The man who is suffering from a brain tumor is Xolile Mngeni. The man pictured above is Shrien Dewani.

Perhaps the Local might explain to us why it has displayed a picture of the wrong man? Was it simple negligence, or was it a cheap and shoddy attempt to excite the trolls.
14:31 August 3, 2011 by andyron2
@ Jacquelinee

Infact the news is right.It has not originated from thelocal but many international news agencies.So you can believe it.Yes it must be Karma.

@ Robinhood

The couple in the pic are Shrien Dewani (male who hired the hitman to kill his wife) and Anni Dewani(Female who was Murdered) .The hit man has brain tumor and will never stand trail.His pic was never shown by the local.

15:20 August 3, 2011 by RobinHood

I know who the two people in the picture are! My post at #4 (which you neglected to deal with) is that neither of them is the man to whom this story relates (the brain tumour afflicted Xolile Mngeni).
16:29 August 3, 2011 by andyron2
Yes you are right.The brain tumor afflicted guy is never shown.As you must be knowing they are confused and dont know much about who is who.
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