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Oscar Pistorius Granted Permission to Travel Abroad after Challenging his Bail Terms

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After challenging his bail terms in court, South African athlete Oscar Pistorius who shot his girlfriend dead has been granted permission to travel abroad.

The Olympic and Paralympic star would now be allowed to leave South Africa to compete as long as he complies with certain conditions and can also return to his home in Pretoria, where his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was shot and killed.

BBC reports that Pistorius also sought an end to supervision by a probation officer and compulsory drug and alcohol testing but the state opposed the application.

On February 22nd, Magistrate Desmond Nair set his bail at 1Million rand (£73,000), and Pistorius was ordered not to return to Silver Woods estate, where the shooting took place. He was also ordered to hand over his two South African passports, abstain from drinking alcohol and report to a police station twice a week.

BBC however reports that the terms were relaxed by Judge Bert Bam, who described the decision not to grant Pistorius permission to travel as “wrong”.

In his defence, Pistorius’s lawyer Barry Roux told the BBC that the bail conditions amounted to “house arrest”.

It is not as if the appellant is travelling for holiday in Mauritius; it’s only to gain an income, there’s no other reason,” he was quoted as saying.

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at www.deolascope.blogspot.com

11 Comments

  1. Jenny

    March 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    SHIT HAPPENS!! I DEY TELL U.

  2. dontmention

    March 28, 2013 at 10:45 pm

    I am not judging him, I hav not convicted him in my court of opinion but at de same time I need him to be duly tried tru de court bf dey let him get about his activities……I am really not trying to incite any debate on racism or class but if he were black instead, wud he be granted all dis favor of travelling or say he was from a poor background or even middle n didn’t hav dat fame, wud he get this treatment? …….why on heaven’s beautiful planet are some treated like they r de ones who created de universe n others r here to watch them get all dis unfair treatment……..how is he allowed to go and earn an income when Steenkamp, de girl he shot is not there to earn income to support her family or herself? In dis whole thing, they hv totally shut the girl’s family out, their feelings or how they will deal with the loss when they keep hearing pistorius in the news………I find this interesting to say the least…….ok, let him go n earn income den to probably come n get himself off without proper cross examination……….Na de girl family I di sorry…….

  3. Taymar

    March 28, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Let them know that what is good for the goose is good for the gander! Reeva’s family has to at least feel a passable tase int heir mouths after this thing. Because he’s a star he can fly, if na hungry man do am, petrol price go rise

  4. reglin

    March 28, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    hmmm…..okay lets see what happens next

  5. kokoqueen

    March 28, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Africa my Africa…Africa of whom my grandmother met…at the bank of the distance river…I have never knew you but your blood flow in my veins….Sometimes I just wish I could live in UK forever….African is too backward and indeed a lawless continent…What a shame?

    • Sel

      March 29, 2013 at 1:29 am

      Please complete the poem naw, used to recite it in school like water….you brought back a lot of memories with that poem…Thanks

    • eby

      March 29, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      hi kokoqueen, i used to love that poem…… but not anymore as the present state of our continent and our international positioning is a matter of great concern, Africa urgently needs reformers and aggressive revolutions for the change we seek.

  6. Frau Reis

    March 29, 2013 at 12:13 am

    ALLEGEDLY shot his girlfriend.

    • nomad

      March 29, 2013 at 7:29 am

      some people like to correct without thinking. What is alleged in this? He shot her! Confam! They are just fighting about the details

  7. omoibo

    March 29, 2013 at 2:30 am

    Someone say flight risk?! Hmm,

  8. Brett

    March 29, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    the girl friend family must be very upset

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