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Parole board meeting today to reconsider Oscar Pistorius' release

Earlier this week Pistorius’s family accused officials of bowing to “political and media hype” after the star’s release was again delayed.

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THE SOUTH AFRICAN parole board will meet today to reconsider whether to release Oscar Pistorius.

The Paralympian star’s lawyers have argued that he should have been allowed out on house arrest in August after serving more than 10 months of his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend.

But he has remained in jail after Justice Minister Michael Masutha made a last-minute intervention and the case was referred for review.

“The Parole Board is sitting today to reconsider the case of Oscar Pistorius’s placement,” the Correctional Services department said in a statement.

“We cannot speculate or predict the outcome of today’s meeting.”

Earlier this week Pistorius’s family accused officials of bowing to “political and media hype” after the star’s release was again delayed.

Paralympics - Oscar Pistorius Photocall - Olympic Park Source: PA WIRE

In a trial that made headlines around the world, Pistorius was jailed last year for killing his girlfriend, model and law graduate Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentine’s Day 2013.

He was found guilty of culpable homicide — a charge equivalent to manslaughter — after saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he mistook her for an intruder.

Even if he is released, Pistorius faces a further test on 3 November when prosecutors appeal to South Africa’s supreme court for a murder conviction and a harsher sentence.

A champion Paralympian and once a poster boy for sport, Pistorius, known as the “Blade Runner” for the prosthetic legs he wore on the track, shot to fame when he raced against able-bodied competitors in the 2012 London Olympics.

Reeva Steenkamp’s parents, who are convinced Pistorius murdered their daughter in a rage, have strongly opposed the athlete’s possible parole.

Speaking out on August, Steenkamp’s mother, June said “How can 10 months be enough? He killed her. He admits he killed her. She’s dead. Why didn’t he just let her walk away? Why?”

“Only Oscar will know for the rest of his life what really happened and would you like to live with it? Would I? Never, ever.”

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