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Oscar Pistorius out on probation in August

June 8, 2015 6:04 pm

Oscar Pistorius is set to be released on probation on 21 August, South African prison authorities say, after serving 10 months in jail for shooting dead his girlfriend.

The Paralympic star was jailed for five years in 2014 for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp.

Ms Steenkamp’s parents have said that the time he has served is “not enough for taking a life”.

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A state appeal against his acquittal on murder charges is due in November.

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Under South African law, Pistorius is eligible for release under “correctional supervision” having served a sixth of his sentence.

South African Commissioner of Correctional Services Zach Modise told the BBC that the case management committee at the Kgosi Mampuru II prison in Pretoria, where Pistorius is being held, made the recommendation last week.

The decision is likely to mean a spell under house arrest for Pistorius.

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