Lawyers appeal against Pistorius bail restrictions

Source : AP
Last Updated: Thu, Mar 28, 2013 08:45 hrs

Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius are appealing against some of the Olympic athlete's bail restrictions in a court in the South African capital.

Pistorius' lawyers say that the double-amputee runner, who is charged with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend on Feb. 14, is being treated as a flight risk even though a magistrate ruled last month that he was not when he released Pistorius on bail.

Lawyers argue that Pistorius should be allowed to leave South Africa with written permission. They also say that forcing him to report regularly to a police station and a ban on him consuming alcohol, among other conditions, are "unwarranted."

Prosecutors say they will oppose any relaxing of Pistorius' bail restrictions. Pistorius was not present for the appeal at North Gauteng High Court.

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