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Oscar Pistorius Released From Prison, Under House Arrest

South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has been released under house arrest nearly one year after he was jailed for killing his girlfriend. He shot Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door in 2013 but said he thought she was an intruder.

He is expected to spend the remainder of a five-year prison sentence at his uncle’s upmarket home in Pretoria.

Pistorius, 28, was found guilty of culpable homicide, or manslaughter, of his 29-year-old girlfriend at a trial in October last year.

A case lodged by the prosecution appealing against that decision is due to be heard by the Supreme Court of Appeal on 3 November. State prosecutors say Pistorius should have instead been convicted of murder.


Pistorius house arrest: The dos and don’ts

  • No access to firearms
  • No taking of drugs or alcohol, and can be randomly tested by officials
  • Continue with psychotherapy sessions
  • No going out at night
  • Can work; will not be electronically tagged
  • His lawyers say track and field training is part of work, but this is still unclear

The athlete was released on Monday evening, a day earlier than expected.

 

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