Pistorius granted permission to travel
A South African judge has eased bail conditions on the Olympic star charged with murder.PT0M55S http://www.dailylife.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2gxxn 620 349 March 29, 2013
Oscar Pistorius, the paralympian athlete accused of killing his model girlfriend, will have his passport returned so that he can resume his track career, South Africa's High Court Judge Bert Bam says.
His "passport can be given to his attorneys and he should be entitled to travel", Bam said on Thursday at the High Court in Pretoria, the capital. "He needs his passport to compete."
Pistorius, 26, was released on 1 million rand ($108,000) bail on February 22 after a four-day hearing for a premeditated murder charge. Prosecutors accuse him of deliberately shooting Reeva Steenkamp, 29, on February 14, Valentine's Day, at his Pretoria home. The athlete says that he accidentally shot her thinking there was a burglar in his house.
Cleared for travel ... Oscar Pistorius. Photo: AP
Pistorius, known as Blade Runner because of his prosthetic running blades, was the first amputee runner to compete at an Olympic Games, running at the London event last year. He was included in Time magazine's list of the world's 100 most influential people. Pistorius, who won six Paralympic gold medals, was born without fibulas and had both legs amputated below the knee at 11-months-old.
Pistorius has no immediate travel plans but wants the option to do so, according to his lawyer Barry Roux. He is next due to appear in court in June.