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Paralympian Pistorius murder trial to be conditionally televised in S. Africa

English.news.cn   2014-02-25 20:44:00

JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- The upcoming murder trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will be partially broadcasted in South Africa, a high court ruled on Tuesday.

Pistorius is scheduled to go on trial on charges of premeditated murder and reckless use of a firearm in public on Mar. 3 at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

"It is time for courts to be open to open justice, and the live broadcast will encourage public participation and dispel the negative views about the justice system," said judge Dunstan Mlambo.

"Media will be allowed to broadcast the opening argument for the state and defense, expert evidence, testimony of police and all consenting state witnesses," said the judge.

It is permitted for the three small unmanned cameras to be fitted in the court room, but they should not interfere with the proceedings and have no close-ups of the legal teams of defendants.

With the strict conditions set out by the court, it will allow no broadcast of the private conversations during the trial.

Last week several media houses had to seek the support from the North Gauteng High Court following their request for live broadcasting the Pistorius' murder trial was opposed by the Paralympian athlete's legal team.

Pistorius, 28, was charged with killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his Pretoria home in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013.

At a court hearing after the shooting, Pistorius claimed he accidentally shot Steenkamp after fearing there was an intruder in his house. He was freed on bail set at about 100,000 U.S.dollars on Feb. 22, 2013.

Pistorius, known as the "blade runner", made history by becoming the first double-leg amputee to compete at an Olympics. He participated in men's 400m and 4×400m relay races at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

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JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 14 (Xinhua) -- South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius expressed deep regret Friday for killing his girlfriend, one year after he allegedly shot her dead at his Pretoria home.

"No words can adequately capture my feelings about the devastating accident that has caused such heartache for everyone who truly loved and continues to love Reeva (Steenkamp)," the athlete dubbed "Blade Runner" said on his website. Full story

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