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Oscar Pistorius challenges bail conditions

Publish Date: 09 Mar 2013, 11:03 AM
Last Updated: 09 Mar 2013, 11:03 AM
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Pistorius challenges bail conditions
Pistorius challenges bail conditions

Pretoria:  South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, is seeking to have his bail conditions relaxed so that he can travel abroad, a report said.

A news channel said lawyers for the sprint star will ask for his ban on foreign travel to be lifted, along with mandatory drug and alcohol tests.

The lawyers argue that Pistorius -- who says the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp was a tragic accident -- is not a flight risk.
    
The papers requesting an easing of the bail conditions were reportedly filed with the North Gauteng High Court. Pistorius's lawyer Kenny Oldwage refused to comment.
    
Pistorius, 26, has also reportedly asked for the "blanket ban" on talking to residents of his gated community to be lifted and for him to be able to return to the house were Steenkamp was shot.
    
The papers were reported to say that "there is no desire by the appellant to use any prohibited substance or alcohol" but that the condition was unfair.
    
They asked that he be allowed to travel internationally, with police permission. Pistorius's agent Peet Van Zyl said he was not aware of Pistorius's desire to travel, adding that his participation in overseas competitions had been cancelled. He also said that Pistorius had not restarted training.
    
The athlete was granted bail on February 22 after paying a bond of one million rand (roughly USD 110,000).
    
Prosecutors have charged Pistorius with the premeditated murder of his 29-year-old girlfriend and he is due back in court in June.

(Agencies)

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