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Will Oscar Pistorius compete in London this summer Paralympian who shot dead his girlfriend has bail conditions relaxed so he can travel abroad
July meet at Olympic Stadium to showcase 'Paralympic champions of 2012'Pistorius won golds in both individual 400m event and the 4x100m relay
South African star is charged with murdering girlfriend Reeva SteenkampHe can now leave the country to compete in international competitions
Must provide authorities with travel plans at least a week before departureHis lawyer argued Pistorius had been effectively under 'house arrest'Pistorius did not attend the appeal, his next court appearance is June 4
Pistorius won a gold medal in the individual 400m T44 event and another in the 4x100m relay. He also won silver in the individual 200m T44.
A spokesman for UK Athletics declined to comment.
Pistorius, who did not attend today's hearing, must also return his passport to the court within 24 hours of returning to South Africa.
His lawyer Barry Roux had asked for several conditions to be relaxed, saying Pistorius – who has been staying with relatives – was effectively under 'house arrest'.
Mr Roux told North Gauteng High Court that while his client had no
immediate plans to compete, he might eventually need to run at track
meets again to earn money.
said Pistorius should be allowed to travel for international meets
under 'controlled' circumstances, where he would require advanced
permission from police and would have to give details of his travel
schedule before he left South Africa.
Granting the appeal, the Judge said
there was no reason Pistorius should not be allowed to leave the country
if he was invited to compete abroad.
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Set for a return Pistorius wins gold in the men's 400m – T44 final at the
London Paralympics. His lawyers argued that he might need to run at track meets
again to earn money
Conditions: Pistorius must provide authorities with his travel plans at
least a week before he leaves the country. He must also return his passport to the court within 24 hours of returning to South Africa
VIDEO Could he compete in London Judge relaxes bail conditions
Oscar Pistorius could compete in London after bail is relaxed
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The bail ruling had also prevented him
from returning to his home or speaking to residents, but his lawyers
argued he should be allowed to consult with residents in order to
prepare his defense against the murder charge against him.
Pistorius says he killed Steenkamp
accidentally when he fired shots through a door in his bathroom in the
pre-dawn hours, fearing there was an intruder in his house.
Prosecutors say he shot the model and
reality TV star intentionally after they argued, and they have charged
him with premeditated murder.
Defence: Pistorius says he killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp accidentally when he fired shots through a door in his bathroom in the pre-dawn hours, fearing there was an intruder in his house
Victim: Reeva Steenkamp, a successful South African fashion model and television personality, was found dead at the home she shared with the paralympic athlete
Pistorius was not required to attend
his appeal hearing and none of his family members was present at North
Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. Pistorius' defense team was also appealing against an alcohol ban.
next court appearance is June 4, when the prosecution would aim to
serve indictments, chief prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the court.
there is a possibility that Pistorius' trial will begin by the end of
Earlier this week Ms Steenkamp's parents June and Barry spoke of their grief over her death.
Mrs Steenkamp told Grazia magazine: 'He (Pistorius) still has his thoughts.
Pistorius competes against able-bodied athletes during London's 2012 Olympic games
Pistorius' brother Carl yesterday
appeared in court in a separate case, in which he is charged with the
culpable homicide of a female motorcyclist in a 2008 road crash.
He pleaded not guilty and is due to appear in court again next week.
bail appeal was being heard by Judge Bert Bam at the high court a day
after the athlete's older brother, Carl Pistorius, went on trial for
culpable homicide for the death of a woman motorcyclist in a 2008 road
Pistorius pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to the main charge of culpable
homicide and not guilty to two alternative charges relating to driving
recklessly and inconsiderately.