Os­car Pis­to­rius must re­main in jail, re­view board says

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Os­car Pis­to­rius must re­main in jail and not be trans­ferred to house ar­rest af­ter a de­ci­sion to grant him pa­role was again de­layed.

His lawyer Brian Web­ber told the AFP news agency that a de­ci­sion over his early re­lease has been re­ferred back to the pa­role board.

The Par­a­lympic star was jailed for five years in 2014 for the cul­pa­ble homi­cide of Reeva Steenkamp.

He has been fight­ing a lengthy bat­tle to be re­leased early from jail.

Pis­to­rius was due to be re­leased in Au­gust, but re­mained in prison af­ter Jus­tice Min­is­ter Michael Ma­sutha made a last­minute in­ter­ven­tion block­ing his re­lease.

The pa­role re­view board - the fi­nal re­course for pa­role dis­putes - was meet­ing on Mon­day to de­cide if the star, 28, should be al­lowed out on house ar­rest.

Mr Web­ber ex­plained that they de­cided to re­fer the mat­ter back to the orig­i­nal pa­role board - the body ac­cused by Mr Ma­sutha of “pre­ma­turely” want­ing to re­lease him in Au­gust.

Pis­to­rius is now un­likely to get pa­role be­fore his ap­peal is heard next month

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