Oscar Pistorius' rights being undermined, say family

Oscar Pistorius' rights being undermined, say family

Oscar Pistorius’s family say the South African athlete’s rights are being “undermined” by delays in deciding whether he should be released from jail and moved to house arrest.

Speaking out for the first time over the drawn-out saga of Pistorius’s release, his family said in a statement that they are “disconcerted by the constant delays”.

They said the publicity surrounding Pistorius’s case had “undermined his right to be treated like any other prisoner”.

Pistorius has served nearly a year of his five-year sentence after being convicted of culpable homicide for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.

Pistorius was approved for early release but South Africa’s justice minister blocked it and ordered a review.

On Monday, officials cancelled Pistorius’s release and sent his case to a parole board for reconsideration.

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