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Shrien Dewani extradition to South Africa postponed until Summer 2013

The extradition hearing of murder suspect Shrien Dewani has been postponed until July 2013 after a court was told Mr Dewani is still suffering from severe depression following the murder of his wife Anni in South Africa in 2010.

Doctors treating the British-Indian care-home owner described him as a "husk of a man" who spent his days playing computer games at a secure mental hospital in Bristol.

The court hear that Dewani is too terrified to go anywhere by car and has described to doctors how he can still smell the breath of the man who held a gun to his head.

Dewani is accused of organizing the shooting of his wife whilst in South Africa on their honeymoon.

Dewani was ordered to be extradited in August last year but in March the high court in London ruled that it would be "unjust and oppressive" to send him to South Africa until he recovered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression.

On Monday, district judge Howard Riddle said another full extradition would only take place after another review of Dewani's mental health in April 2013.

Meanwhile, the judge said Dewani could be moved from a secure hospital to one with a more relaxed feel to help him recover.

Outside court Anni's uncle, Ashok Hindocha, said the delay would mean another "eight months of torture".

He said: "British justice has taken too much time."

Dewani has strongly denied any involvement in the murder of his 28-year-old wife, which took place in November 2010.

Xolile Mngeni, the gunmen who killed Mrs Dewani, was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday, Dec 05.  

Two other suspects in the killing – the taxi driver Zola Tongo and Mngeni's accomplice Mziwamadoda Qwabe – have both been jailed, after confessing and implicating Dewani.

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