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Prison U-turn: Oscar Pistorius is staying in jail for now

The Olympian was scheduled to be released on Friday.

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CONVICTED KILLER OSCAR Pistorius will not be released from prison this Friday as expected.

South Africa’s Department of Justice says it is putting the Olympian’s release from prison on hold until his case is reviewed again by a parole board.

Department spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga says Pistorius’ release will have to be reviewed again because he was approved to be moved to house arrest too early.

Mthunzi says Pistorius should have served 10 months of his sentence before being considered for release. He was approved for parole in June, eight months into his sentence.

Pistorius was due to be moved to house arrest on Friday after serving 10 months of his five-year sentence for manslaughter after killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

Mhaga didn’t say when the parole board would meet to consider Pistorius for release from jail.

The Olympian had been expect to leave jail this week but the country’s justice minster has now said that this decision was “premature”.

Read: Oscar Pistorius is getting out of prison next week – 10 months into his sentence >

Read: Oscar Pistorius ‘could be out of jail in 10 months’ >

Originally published: 15.37

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