London, Sept 1 (ANI): Psychiatrists who assessed the mental health of Brit-Indian businessman Shrien Dewani, accused of plotting to kill his wife Anni, were business partners, it has emerged.
Professor Michael Kopelman was hired by prosecutors to examine mental state of Shrien, who is wanted in South Africa on charges of plotting the murder.
Dewani, 32, in turn hired Professor Nigel Eastman to provide another opinion for his defence, The Sun reports.
According to the report, they issued a joint statement in which Prof Eastman agreed with Prof Kopelman that Dewani had depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
As a result, the High Court in London suspended the extradition of Dewani, saying he was too ill to plead.
The paper revealed that Prof Kopelman and Prof Eastman became business partners just 13 days before making their joint statement.
Anni's family has demanded an inquiry into the new revelations, expressing concerns that the business link could raise issues of an apparent conflict of interest.
Anni was shot dead while on honeymoon in South Africa with Shiren.
The murder in Cape Town in November 2010 was allegedly staged to look like a bungled kidnapping. (ANI)