Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Pistorius lawyers appeal bail terms

Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius say the Olympian should have the option of travelling outside South Africa as long as he has official permission

Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius have filed an appeal in a South African court against bail restrictions imposed on the Olympian, who is charged with murdering his girlfriend.

The lawyers argue that evidence showed that the double-amputee athlete is not a flight risk and should have the option of travelling outside South Africa as long as he has official permission.

The appeal was filed on Friday. The Associated Press received a copy of the papers by email from representatives of the Pistorius family.

Pistorius was released on bail on February 22.

He was arrested on charges of murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on February 14. Pistorius says he mistakenly shot Ms Steenkamp, thinking she was an intruder in his home.

Prosecutors believe he killed her intentionally after an argument.

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