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Oscar Pistorius is officially on probation from today. In a statement released at dawn by the Ministry of Justice of South Africa it was confirmed that the former Paralympic champion, as expected, was released from Atteridgeville prison, a few kilometers from the capital Pretoria, after having served almost 9 years in prison for murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius is already in his uncle Arnold Pistorius’ luxurious villa in Waterkloof, a rich neighborhood of Pretoria. Reeva Steenkamp’s mother commented on his release, saying he was serving a “life sentence” in her grief. Her husband, Barry Steenkamp, died on September 14, “of grief” over the loss of his daughter, according to June.
Alcohol and media interviews prohibited during probation
In recent days, the Department of Prison Services of South Africa had already confirmed the imminent relaunch. Pistorius will be required to comply with all conditions of probation, including a ban on consuming alcohol and giving interviews to the media. “Pistorius will be monitored until the expiry of his sentence in 2029,” it said in a statement. “The high public profile linked to Pistorius does not make him different from other prisoners nor does it justify treatment inconsistent with the law. Consequently , details in terms of transportation plans and release times will not be made public. Disclosure of such details may pose a threat to the safety of the prisoner and other interested parties. The general conditions of parole will apply to Pistorius. For For example, he will always have to be at home at certain times of the day. He will not be able to consume alcohol and other prohibited substances. Participation in other rehabilitation programs will also be mandatory”, reads the press release.
The former Paralympic athlete had been found guilty of the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, which occurred in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013. The former South African sprinter had claimed he had mistaken her for a thief and had shot her several times through the bathroom door killing her. In 2016 the conviction; last November Pistorius was granted parole. Remembered as ‘the fastest man without legs’, the South African was the only amputee athlete capable of winning a medal in a world competition for able-bodied athletes (silver with the 4×400 meter relay in Taegu 2011).