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Review board 'has four months to finalise Pistorius ruling'

The South African review board has four months to finalise a ruling which would have allowed Oscar Pistorius to be released from prison on house arrest, a government spokesman has said.

Paralympic champion Pistorius had been expected to be released tomorrow after serving 10 months of his five-year sentence behind bars.

A decision from Justice Minister Michael Masutha to delay Pistorius' release followed substantial controversy over the parole board's prior approval, which he described as having been made too soon and "without any legal basis".


Justice minister seeks legal advice on Pistorius release

South African Justice Minister seeks legal advice on decision to release Pistorius Credit: Reuters

South Africa's Justice Minister is seeking legal advice on whether the parole board was right to release Oscar Pistorius on house arrest on Friday, after serving a sixth of his five year sentence for killing his girlfriend.

"Whether that decision of the parole board was regular and correct in law, is what I am seeking advice about and if it wasn't, whether there is anything that empowers me in law to have the matter revisited," Justice Minister Michael Masutha told Reuters

Prosecutors appeal for Pistorius to be convicted of murder

An appeal calling for Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius to be convicted of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has been filed by prosecutors in South Africa.

The action comes just days ahead of Pistorius'release from prison on Friday, less than a year after being convicted on the lesser charge of culpable homicide.

Prosecutors have filed an appeal calling for Oscar Pistorius to be convicted of murder Credit: Reuters

He will serve the rest of his five-year sentence under 'correctional supervision', which is a form of house arrest.

The 28-year-old athlete, known as the Blade Runner for the prosthetic legs he uses to run, killed 29-year-old model Steenkamp when he fired four gunshots through a locked bathroom door at his home in Pretoria on Valentine's Day 2013.

He claimed he feared she was an intruder, but in the appeal filed today prosecutors repeat allegations that he deliberately killed her after an argument.

His defence team have until September 17 to file its response, and the appeal is expected to be heard in November.

If they are successful, he could face at least 15 years behind bars.


Oscar Pistorius to be released from jail after 10 months

Oscar Pistorius is set for release from jail in August after serving just 10 months behind bars for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Oscar Pistorius with Reeva Steenkamp in happier times. Credit: ITV News

The Paralympic medallist is expected to serve the rest of his five-year sentence under 'correctional supervision', which is a form of house arrest in South Africa.

Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide after shooting his model girlfriend through a bathroom door at his home in 2013. He has always maintained it was an accident.

The Steenkamp family said in a statement they did not seek to avenge Reeva's death as that would not bring her back.

"However, a person found guilty of a crime must be held accountable for their actions," they added.

In November, prosecutors are set to appeal against Pistorius' sentence. If successful, it could see him jailed for 15 years.

ITV News Correspondent Dan Rivers reports:

Prison officials recommend date for Pistorius parole

The 21st August would be the ten month mark of his prison sentence. Credit: Reuters

South African prison officials have recommended that Oscar Pistorius be released from jail on 21st August and be placed under house arrest.

A prison committee recommended that Pistorius be released from the prison in Pretoria after serving one sixth of his five-year sentence for the unlawful killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

The Associated Press report that a full parole board decision is pending and that the full conditions of Pistorius' house arrest won't be made public by the authorities.

Parole for Oscar Pistorius 'in August', family says

Credit: Reuters

South African Oscar Pistorius is expected to be released on parole in August, Reuters has reported, citing a family member.

Double-amputee Pistorius, a Paralympic champion, is currently serving a five-year prison sentence after being convicted of culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

"Oscar will be released on parole by the end of August," a Pistorious family member who did not want to be named told the news agency. Pistorius started his five year sentence in October last year.

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