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Anni Dewani murder accused pleads not guilty

  • A man accused of the murder of honeymooner Anni Dewani in South Africa has pleaded not guilty.

    Xolile Mngeni's trial at the Western Cape High Court in Cape Town is expected to last six weeks.

    On Monday, a judge ruled that Mngeni, who has a brain tumor, was fit to stand trial.

    He denied charges of murder, kidnapping, robbery and illegal possession of a firearm.

    Mngeni was named as an accomplice by Mziwamadoda Qwabe, who pleaded guilty to the murder.

    Qwabe was jailed for 25 years last week.

    Dewani, 28, from Sweden, was shot after a taxi she was in was hijacked in November 2010.

    Her husband Shrien Dewani, 32, from the United Kingdom, is accused of arranging her murder but denies all charges.

    An extradition order for Mr Dewani to face trial in South Africa had previously been agreed but was halted by a London High Court on mental health grounds.