Oscar Pistorius Not Able To Leave Jail As Planned

Authorities have stopped him from going under house arrest, just two days before his release

Oscar Pistorius Not Able To Leave Jail As Planned

by Debrief Staff |
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Having served 11 months of his jail term for culpable homicide after the shooting and killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door on Valentine's Day 2013, Oscar Pistorius has learned that he won't be able to go under house arrest from Monday, but will have to remain in jail. He is serving five years in total, and was supposed to be moved from jail after one-sixth of the sentence to serve the remaining time at his uncle's home, but the justice minister held up proceedings two days before his release.

Oscar Pistorius's family criticised South African authorities for delays in deciding whether he should be allowed to serve the rest of his term at home, adding that his rights have been undermined by the attention his case received. The parole officials recommend Oscar begin psychotherapy, but they responded that he was already getting 'regular and ongoing' psychotherapy sessions.

'This experience leaves us with the uncomfortable conclusion that the public, political and media hype that was allowed to develop around Oscar's trial has undermined his right to be treated like any other prisoner,' they said in a statement on Tuesday 'We cannot understand... why the matter is now to be referred back to the parole board that has no reason to make a different decision from the one that was made in the first place.'

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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