Anni Dewani murder: Timeline of events for Shrien Dewani

Key dates in the investigation into the murder of Anni Dewani, the new bride murdered while on honeymoon with her husband, Shrien, in South Africa.

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Shrien and Anni Dewani

13 November

Newly-wed couple Shrien and Anni Dewani, from Bristol, are kidnapped at gunpoint in Gugulethu, a township near Cape Town, at 23:00 local time.

Mr Dewani, who was 30, is released unharmed at midnight in Harare.

14 November

The body of Mrs Dewani, 28, is found on the back seat of the taxi she had been travelling in. She had been shot in the neck.

15 November

A murder hunt is launched by Western Cape police who say the driver of the couple's car was forced out before two armed suspects took off with the vehicle with the pair inside.

Mr Dewani's family speak of their shock.

Map showing locations of Shrien and Anni Dewani and discovery of Mrs Dewani's body

17 November

Xolile Mngeni, 26, from Khayelitsha, is charged with Mrs Dewani's murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and kidnapping. He appears in court the next day and is remanded in custody.

21 November

The funeral of Mrs Dewani takes place in London.

22 November

Zola Tonga, 31, from Bothasig, and Mzwamadoda Qwabe, 26, from Khayelitsha, appear in court. They are both charged with murder, robbery with aggravating circumstances and kidnapping.

24 November

Shrien Dewani - who returned to the UK shortly after his wife's death - receives medical help to deal with the trauma of the incident, his brother Preyen says.

In a statement, Mr Dewani's brother dismisses "totally false accusations" blaming him for what happened to Anni Dewani.

7 December

Zola Tongo It was decided Zola Tongo would stand trial separately after his legal team agreed to a plea bargain

The couple's taxi driver Zola Tongo alleges he was offered 15,000 rand (£1,400) by Mr Dewani to kill his wife.

Tongo says he spoke to a friend about arranging a hitman and was put in touch with Mr Mngeni and Mr Qwabe. He is jailed for 18 years for his part in the killing.

Mr Dewani's family describe the allegations as "totally ludicrous".

8 December

Mr Dewani is arrested at the request of the South African authorities on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

The South African justice department says it will initiate full extradition proceedings when it receives further documentation from prosecutors.

Mr Dewani later appears at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court. He says he will not consent to being extradited.

9 December

Mrs Dewani's uncle, Ashok Hindocha, appeals for Mr Dewani not to resist extradition to South Africa.

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Shrien Dewani arriving in court on 24 February The Bristol businessman was diagnosed as suffering from severe depression and post-traumatic stress disorder

20 January

Mr Dewani's solicitor tells the City of Westminster Magistrates' Court his client is suffering from an acute stress disorder and extradition proceedings are adjourned.

24 February

Belmarsh Magistrates' Court hears that Mr Dewani had taken a cocktail of 46 pills including diazepam, which was prescribed to counter anxiety and help him sleep.

The South African authorities argue he should have his bail revoked. His psychiatrist, Dr Paul Dedman, rejects the idea that there had been a suicide attempt. District Judge Howard Riddle decides he can remain on bail.

20 April

Mr Dewani is detained at the medium security Fromeside Clinic in Bristol under the Mental Health Act.

3 May

South African police want to extradite Shrien Dewani, from Bristol, for his alleged role in the death of his wife Anni

A three day extradition hearing starts at Belmarsh Magistrates' Court.

Hugo Keith QC, representing the South African authorities, says a witness told how Mr Dewani said he "needed a way out" of his marriage.

The court also hears Mr Dewani would not be mistreated in a South African prison.

10 August

A judge rules that Mr Dewani can be extradited to South Africa to stand trial over the murder of his wife Anni.

The decision will have to be ratified by Home Secretary Theresa May.

20 September

A judge rules that Mr Mngeni and Mr Qwabe will go on trial at the Western Cape High Court on a date to be set next year.

21 September

Family of Anni Dewani The petition which has 11,411 signatures, was handed to an official by Mrs Dewani's family

Mrs Dewani's family hand a petition to the Home Office calling on the home secretary to grant the South African government's request to extradite Mr Dewani.

Mrs Dewani's father Vinod Hindocha handed in the document, which has 11,411 signatures.

26 September

Home Secretary Theresa May signs an order for Mr Dewani's extradition to South Africa.

30 September

Lawyers for Mr Dewani lodge an appeal against the decision that he should be extradited.

13 December

A four day appeal hearing takes place against the decision that Mr Dewani should be extradited to South Africa.

His lawyer says he is not faking mental illness in order to avoid extradition.

The hearing is told the jails where Mr Dewani would be held are the best in South Africa.

The court is told the judgement will be delivered in the new year.

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30 March

Two High Court judges rule that it would be "unjust and oppressive" to order Mr Dewani's extradition which is temporarily halted on the grounds of his mental health.

But the court said it was in the interests of justice that he should be extradited "as soon as he is fit" to be tried.

8 August

Mziwamadoda Qwabe on 8 August 2012 Mziwamadoda Qwabe was sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of Anni Dewani

Mziwamadoda Qwabe is sentenced to 25 years in prison for murdering Mrs Dewani.

He said the murder had been organised by Mr Dewani and taxi driver Zola Tongo and Xolile Mngeni had also taken part.

15 August

Xolile Mngeni pleads not guilty to murdering Anni Dewani at the Western Cape High Court, in Cape Town, in South Africa.

18 September

It is revealed Shrien Dewani is to apply to be treated on an open rehabilitation ward after an improvement in his mental health.

12 October

Westminster Magistrates' Court hears that moving Mr Dewani to an open rehabilitation ward may increase his "flight risk".

19 November

Xolile Mngeni is convicted of firing the shot which killed Anni Dewani. He is found guilty of murder by a judge in Cape Town.

5 December

Xolile Mngeni sits in the dock in a courtroom, in Cape Town, South Africa on 19 November  2012 A judge ruled that Xolile Mngeni showed no remorse

Xolile Mngeni, 25, is sentenced to life in prison. A judge ruled that he was an "evil person" who fired the shot that killed the 28-year-old.

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1 July

A four-day hearing into the potential extradition of Mr Dewani is held.

Westminster Magistrates' Court in London hears Mr Dewani's post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and risk of suicide have all improved.

Chief magistrate Howard Riddle tells the court he will make a decision later in July.

24 July

A judge rules Mr Dewani should be extradited to South Africa to face trial over his wife's death.

Chief magistrate Howard Riddle tells Westminster Magistrates' Court: "It may be a long time before Mr Dewani is fit to plead, but he may be closer to that point.

"It is not impossible that if returned now, then after a reasonable period of further treatment and assessment he will be found fit to plead and a trial can take place."

Ami Denborg: "We just want to know what happened to Anni"

6 August

Mr Dewani's lawyers say they are to launch a bid to take his case to the Supreme Court.

22 October

The right to an appeal is won and Mr Dewani's case against his extradition to South Africa is to be reopened at the High Court in London.

Outside court, Anni Dewani's mother Nilam Hindocha says: "I was brought up to believe British justice is the best in the world, so it is very hard to understand why we are still here.

"I am the mother of a murdered daughter. How long do I have to wait?"

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Shrien Dewani Shrien Dewani's lawyers suggest that his medical condition may have now become "untreatable"

31 January

The High Court rules that Shrien Dewani, who remains in hospital, can be extradited to South Africa.

His legal team continues to argue he should not be sent there until he is fit to plead.

21 February

Judicial Office confirms an application has been made to the Supreme Court to rule on the extradition of Mr Dewani.

A possible return to South Africa will once again be delayed because of this latest court application.

3 March

The Supreme Court application is blocked with the High Court refusing to allow a further appeal, triggering a 28-day period during which Mr Dewani must be extradited.

His lawyer Mark Summers tells the panel of judges fresh evidence suggests "his underlying medical condition may be chronic - incapable of being treated".

7 April

Shrien Dewani and Anni Dewani The family of Anni Dewani said they "need justice"

South African officials await the arrival of murder suspect Shrien Dewani who has been extradited and is due to arrive in Cape Town on Tuesday.

"He is not on a honeymoon. He is not on holiday. He is here to stand trial and we want to see that happen within a reasonable period of time," said a spokesman for the country's department of justice.

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