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Oscar Pistorius’ rights being undermined, say family
The lawyers will argue that the delays to his parole matter have been unconstitutional.
“Oscar has been receiving regular and ongoing psychotherapy from not only his psychologist, but also from prison psychologists and a social worker”, they wrote. He said he thought an intruder was hiding in the cubicle.
The review board, the final arbiter of parole disputes in South Africa, met on Monday (05Oct15) to decide if the Paralympic star should be allowed out of jail and placed under house arrest.
Team Pistorius weighed in a day after the board – at the request of South Africa’s justice minister – blocked his release.
Oscar Pistorius will likely remain behind bars for at least a few more weeks while his case is referred back to the parole board.
Pistorius was due to have been released to house arrest in August after serving 10 months of a five-year sentence.
The independent review board cancelled Pistorious’ early release, and said in a statement that he should undergo “psychotherapy” as part of any parole conditions.
It was unclear when the CSPB would reconvene to implement the review board’s decision. “What does that even mean?!” he wrote.
“This process is becoming a little bit unfair because of political interference”, said legal expert Martin Hood in the AFP report.
According to South African law, those convicted under the specific section of the country’s Criminal Procedures Act – as Pistorius was – are entitled to be released from prison after serving out one sixth of their jail term.
In an interview with local television channel eNCA on Tuesday, Masutha insisted Pistorius had been treated fairly despite his intervention.
She has referred the case back to the Correctional Supervision and Parole Board (CSPB).
“We were not simply going to sustain that which is not correct, for the sake of consistency and continuity”, he said.