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Pistorius to be released from prison, placed under house arrest

AFP file photo | South African Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius has served one year of his five-year jail term for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Oscar Pistorius will be released on parole and moved to house arrest on October 20, about a year after he was sentenced to five years for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, South Africa's Department of Corrections said Thursday.

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The department said a parole board made the decision after an initial bid to release the double-amputee runner in August was cancelled.

The Olympic runner has served nearly a year of his five-year sentence for manslaughter for killing model and law graduate Steenkamp.

He will be moved to correctional supervision, a form of house arrest where he will have to live under certain conditions.

Under South African law, an offender sentenced to five years or less in jail can be released after serving one-sixth of their term.

FRANCE 24’s correspondent in South Africa, Jane Flanagan, said the decision to release Pistorius “may prove very short-lived”, with further legal challenges looming for the former Olympic athlete.

Prosecutors are appealing the manslaughter verdict, arguing it should be murder. Their appeal is due to be heard on November 3.

(FRANCE 24 with AP)

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