Out of prison, just 11 years after killing his partner. The South African athlete oscar pistorius He was secretly released on parole: he had shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013.
There were dozens of television crews, photographers and journalists gathered outside the gates of the prison. Atteridgevillein the capital Praetorship, before 6 in the morning. But no one saw the Paralympic champion. They found out from officials “that he was already in his house and they released him when no one was there.”
Department of Corrections officials had said that the time of his release would not be announced in advance and that there would be no “parade”: they managed to keep him away from media attention. He was probably taken from prison to the Department of Corrections office for processing. He is initially expected to be housed at his uncle’s villa in Pretoria, where he lived during his murder trial and was under house arrest for a period between 2015 and 2016.
Parole in November
Pistorius was approved for parole in November, the second time he had applied for it. He has served almost 9 of his 13 years and 5 months sentence: in South Africa he is eligible for parole after having served at least half of the sentence.
No alcohol and no interviews: the restrictions
The Paralympic champion will live in strict conditions until his sentence expires in December 2029.
Some of the conditions include restrictions on leaving the house, a ban on consuming alcohol, and an order to attend programs on anger management and violence against women. You will have to perform community service.
Pistorius He will also have to meet regularly with probation officers at his home and at prison services offices and will be subject to unannounced visits from authorities. You are not allowed to leave the Waterkloof district without permission and are prohibited from speaking to the media until the end of the sentence. He could be sent back to prison if he violates any of the conditions of his probation. South Africa does not use electronic bracelets, so Pistorius will not wear any devices, but he will be constantly monitored by an official from the department in charge of his case and will have to inform him of any major changes in his life, such as whether he wants to get a job or move. to another house.
Pistorius claims he shot the model by mistake, believing she was a thief hiding in the bathroom: he fired his licensed 9mm pistol several times through the door in self-defense. While prosecutors say she intentionally killed his girlfriend during a late-night argument.
Steenkamp’s family did not oppose his request for parole in November, although his mother, June Steenkamp, said she does not believe Pistorius is fully rehabilitated and continues to lie about the murder.
Pistorius was initially found guilty of manslaughter (a charge comparable to involuntary manslaughter) and sentenced to five years in prison. After appeals from prosecutors, he was eventually found guilty of murder and his sentence was increased. He was first sent to prison in 2014, released to house arrest in 2015 and sent to prison again in 2016.
Reeva’s mother: “We are in prison for life”
The victim’s mother, June Steenkamp, said in a statement: “The conditions imposed by the parole board, which include anger management courses and anti-gender violence programs, send a clear message that the “gender violence is something serious.” But when questioned whether justice has been done, the woman responded that “there can never be justice if her loved one never returns, and no amount of time served will bring Reeva back. We, who are left behind, are the ones who do our time.” . .” life imprisonment.”