8 April 2014

South Africa: 'Yes' - Dewani's Only Word to Court

South Africa's National prosecuting authority said Tuesday that British businessman Shrien Dewani - who is expected to be formally charged with ... ( Resource: Dewani In S. Africa, Expected To Be Charged With Murder

Cape Town — A bewildered looking Shrien Dewani's only word in court was "yes" on Tuesday as Judge John Hlophe explained his case would be postponed until next month.

"The matter is postponed to the 12 May 2014, whereupon you will appear before this court," the Western Cape Judge President said.

"Do you hear me?" asked Hlophe, after Dewani failed to respond.

Dewani looked down at his lawyers, before nodding and uttering the word "yes".

"You shall be detained at Valkenberg Hospital," Hlophe told Dewani before he was led down from the dock to the police cells.

Three exhibits were handed in at court, including undertakings between the justice department, the National Prosecuting Authority, and British authorities.

The first undertaking was that Dewani be detained in a single cell in the sick bay of the Goodwood prison.

Prosecutor Rodney de Kock, however, explained to the court that this undertaking was superseded by another -- that Dewani be detained at Valkenberg if his mental state did not improve.

A letter from Dewani's doctor was handed in at court, explaining that Dewani remained mentally ill and needed ongoing care.

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