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Anni Dewani murder accused pleads not guilty

world Updated: Aug 15, 2012 19:47 IST
Anni Dewani

A South African man on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to murdering honeymooner Anni Dewani, a Swedish of Indian-origin, in South Africa in 2010.

Xolile Mngeni denied charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery and illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition at the Cape high court.

On Monday a judge ruled that Mngeni, who has a brain tumour, was fit to stand trial, which is expected to last for six weeks.

Dewani, 28, was shot when a taxi she was in was hijacked in the Gugulethu township in November 2010.

Her husband Shrien Dewani, 32, from Bristol, is accused of arranging her murder but denies the charge.

An extradition order for the care home owner to face trial in South Africa had been agreed, but was halted by the high court in London on mental health grounds.

Mngeni was named as an accomplice by Mziwamadoda Qwabe, who last week pleaded guilty to her murder. Qwabe was jailed for 25 years last Wednesday.