'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorious' early release put on hold

The South African justice ministry has blocked the early release of convicted para-athlete Oscar Pistorious on Wednesday.

Updated: Aug 19, 2015, 20:31 PM IST
'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorious' early release put on hold

New Delhi: The South African justice ministry has blocked the early release of convicted para-athlete Oscar Pistorious on Wednesday.

According to a report in BBC, the justice ministry has put the release on hold until a further review and the decision, which "was taken prematurely" and with "no legal basis" has now been sent back to the parole board.

Yesterday, South Africa`s justice minister has shared doubts on the expected release of the 28th-year-old from prison, who was convicted of killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Since the conviction of man-slaughter, the 'Blade Runner' has spent less than a year behind bars of his five-year sentence and was due to leave jail today for a form of house arrest.

But, South African prosecutors this week lodged an appeal urging that the athlete be convicted of the more serious crime of murder, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 years.

The double amputee won international fame after racing against able-bodied competitors in the 2012 London Olympics, and his trial was broadcast live around the world.

(With Agency inputs)