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Pistorius to fight strict bail conditions

  • Lawyers acting for Oscar Pistorius, the South African athlete accused of shooting dead his girlfriend, want his bail conditions relaxed and passports returned so he can travel overseas, according to media reports on Friday.

    Pistorius is accused of killing his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, a charge he denies.

    The Paralympian has maintained he mistook her for an intruder when he shot her dead on February 14.

    He was released on bail on February 22.

    The magistrate set bail for Pistorius at $113,000.

    He was also ordered to hand over his passports and any firearms; not to leave the capital without his probation officer's permission; not to consume drugs or alcohol; and to stay away from his home in a gated community in Pretoria, which is still a crime scene.

    According to South African television channel eNCA, Pistorius and his lawyers felt his bail conditions were unfair.

    His defence believe he should be allowed to travel on the basis that he is awarded consent from the detective working on the case. They also said that compulsory alcohol and drug tests were unnecessary, adding there was no need for him to report to a police station twice a week or be visited by a probation officer.

    It is unclear when the bail appeal will be heard.

    Pistorius is next due to appear in court in June.

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