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Pistorius May Ask to Ease Bail Conditions, Lawyer Says

February 25, 2013

South African Athlete Oscar Pistorius

South African athlete Oscar Pistorius appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on Feb. 22. Photographer: Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images

Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee track star charged with the murder of his girlfriend, is considering asking a South African court to ease his bail conditions, his lawyer Kenny Oldwage said.

The athlete, known as the “Blade Runner” because of his prosthetic running blades, reported to a police station in Pretoria for the first time today after being released from custody on Feb. 22, eNCA TV said. While Pistorius, 26, will resume training, he won’t take part in competitions, coach Ampie Louw told reporters last week.

“He just really wants to get on with his life,” Oldwage said by phone today.

Magistrate Desmond Nair granted Pistorius 1 million rand ($113,000) bail last week before his trial for the shooting death of model Reeva Steenkamp, 29, at his home in Pretoria on Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day. The athlete, who says he thought she was a burglar, doesn’t pose a flight risk and isn’t predisposed to violence, according to Nair. Pistorius must hand in his passports and guns and can’t drink alcohol or return to his Pretoria home, Nair said.

While lawyers agreed that he would report to police twice a week, Nair didn’t include that in his order, eNCA reported, citing Medupe Simasiku, a spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority.

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Companies including Nike Inc. (NKE:US), the largest sporting-goods company, Luxottica Group SpA (LUX)’s Oakley and Clarins SA’s Thierry Mugler perfume brand have suspended or dropped sponsorships of Pistorius, who has won six Paralympic gold medals and became the first amputee runner to compete at an Olympic Games in London last year.

Police Commissioner Riah Phiyega appointed the head of detectives in South Africa, Lieutenant-General Vinesh Moonoo, to the case, after the former lead investigator was charged with seven counts of attempted murder for a separate incident.

Hilton Botha made a series of errors in the initial investigation, Nair said in his two-hour bail ruling.

To contact the reporter on this story: Andres R. Martinez in Johannesburg at amartinez28@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Nasreen Seria at nseria@bloomberg.net


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