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relative and staunch supporter of murder accused Shrien Dewani is facing a R6.6-million money-laundering charge.

Sonit Shringi, 31, a first cousin of Dewani and co-owner of Asian Woman magazine and its sister titles, including Asian Bride, is accused of plotting to defraud the Museum of London of £600000.

Shringi has frequently accompanied the Dewani family to his cousin's court appearances.

South Africa is trying to extradite Dewani to stand trial for the murder of his wife, 28-year-old Anni, who was killed in what was allegedly an orchestrated hijacking in Cape Town last year.

Shringi appeared with Kukesh Chawda, 49, on money-laundering charges in the Southwark Crown Court in London a few weeks ago.

The pair are alleged to have "legitimised" money that was dishonestly obtained from the museum through a series of bank transfers and cellphone purchases. They pleaded not guilty.

The charges relate to activities that took place from January 2007 to January 2009. Shringi did not respond to e-mails or telephonic requests for comment.

Meanwhile, a psychiatrist has testified at Dewani's extradition hearing that he would become suicidal if he were sent back to South Africa.
Lawyers acting for South African authorities, however, said he would be given a fair trial and medication to treat his mental illness.

Judge Howard Riddle is expected to hand down judgment on the extradition on Wednesday.

Last week, the Wynberg Regional Court was told that one of two other men charged with the murder was dying of cancer.

It heard that Xolile Mngeni, 24, who was kept in the holding cells below the court because he was too ill to stand in the dock, was medically unfit to attend proceedings.

Mngeni has had an operation to remove a malignant brain tumour but the cancer has spread to "the lining of the entire spinal cord and brain".

Magistrate Jackie Redelinghuys told prosecutors a decision would be made on whether it was practical to proceed with the case against Mngeni or go ahead with the trial of his co-accused, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, 25.

The case was postponed to September 20.



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