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Oscar Pistorius: parole board will consider release today after legal threat

Move comes as athlete’s lawyers promised court action if prison board further delayed release after 10 months in jail for killing Reeva Steenkamp

The South African parole board will meet on Friday to reconsider whether to release Oscar Pistorius in the latest stage of a lengthy battle over his jail sentence.

The Paralympian’s lawyers have argued that he should have been allowed out on house arrest in August after serving more than 10 months of his five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in 2013.

But he has remained in jail after justice minister Michael Masutha made a last-minute intervention and the case was referred for review.

Andrew Fawcett, a member of the Pistorius legal team, told South African mediaon Friday that the athlete’s lawyers had written to the department of correctional services to warn that they would seek an urgent court hearing if the parole board did not move swiftly to consider his release.

The department of correctional services said in a statement: “The Kgosi Mampuru II correctional supervision and parole board (CSPB) is sitting today to reconsider the case of Oscar Pistorius’s placement under correctional supervision.

“The autonomous CSPB of Kgosi Mampuru II is expected to consider all issues raised by the parole review board and make a decision, which will be communicated accordingly.”

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The department said it “could not speculate or predict the outcomes of today’s meeting”.

If the parole board decides that he is eligible for release under house arrest, it is possible that Pistorius could leave jail as early as today.

Earlier this week Pistorius’s family accused officials of bowing to “political and media hype” after the star’s release was again delayed.

Pistorius was jailed last year for killing Steenkamp on Valentine’s day 2013. He was found guilty of culpable homicide – a charge equivalent to manslaughter – after saying he shot Steenkamp through a locked bathroom door because he mistook her for an intruder.

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