Oscar has some bail conditions scrapped

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Murder accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius. File photo: Reuters

Pretoria - Some of the bail conditions imposed on murder accused paralympian Oscar Pistorius were set aside by the High Court in Pretoria on Thursday.

They related to his presence at his home at the Silverwoods Country Estate, and that he report to the Brooklyn police station twice a week.

Judge Bert Bam said these were not listed in the court order of February 22.

“These ... conditions should be disregarded,” Bam said.

Pistorius, who was arrested on February 14 after Steenkamp was shot dead in his Pretoria home, was not present for the appeal.

Pistorius's had appealed against the limitation on him visiting his home, and had argued that the visits to the police station unnecessarily exposed him to the criminal justice system.

Pretoria magistrate Desmond Nair “misdirected himself” with the bail conditions he set for Oscar Pistorius, the High Court in Pretoria found.

“Not giving the appellant his passport was wrong,” said Judge Bert Bam, handing down judgment on Pistorius's appeal of some of his bail conditions.

Bam said: “He has immovable assets. He is a professional athlete. He needs his passport to compete.”

Pistorius was emotional, but there was no evidence he was of “unstable mind” and needed to report to a probation officer, the judge said.

He called this “unreasonable and unfair” and unsupported by any evidence.

Pistorius can travel again after some of his bail conditions were lifted on appeal.

"He will be allowed to use his passport to travel outside the country," said Judge Bert Bam.

"I could find no reason why the appellant should be forbidden to leave the country to compete abroad," he said.

A condition was that he informed his attorney a week before travelling, and provided an itinerary.

He had to hand back his passport to his attorney within 24 hours of his return from travelling. - Sapa


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