Pistorius Is Granted Bail
Judge says he's not a flight risk
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 22, 2013 3:55 AM CST
Updated Feb 22, 2013 8:27 AM CST
Oscar Pistorius stands in the dock during his bail hearing.   (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

(Newser) – Oscar Pistorius has been granted bail, CNN reports. The judge said he found fault with arguments on both sides but ultimately decided that the double-amputee Olympian is not a flight risk. He set bail at about $113,000 and demanded that Pistorius hand over his passports. In closing arguments before the judge's decision, prosecutors held that Pistorius' version of events, in which he mistook slain girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder, is tough to swallow. "The only reason you fire four shots is to kill," said one, according to the BBC. "On his own version, he is bound to be convicted."

The defense, however, stood by Pistorius' explanation. "He had no intent to kill Reeva," lawyer Barry Roux said. What's more, he's not a flight risk—his prosthetics would keep him from getting through airport security without being noticed, Roux added. Pistorius was trembling during the proceeding, reports AP. His next court appearance has been set for June 4.

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Feb 24, 2013 3:45 AM CST
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel and and some legal experts had stated that the defense must prove Exceptional Circumstances for Bail in a Premeditated Murder case. Defense failed to prove it and Bail should have been properly denied under SA law. Exceptional Circumstance: If the Premeditated Murder was of an armed Home-Invader Intruder and the Intruder was black, OP could be given a light Bail ($113,000), as the black, armed Intruder would not have been in OP's home legitimately. Under SA law, there exists no "Exceptional Circumstance "for PistOriuS to be given Bail in any amount in his case. Hope that the prosecutor Appeals it now! Should OP be found Guilty and his lawyers Appeal his Guilty verdict and or Sentence this same magistrate would allow OP to remain free on Bail pending endless Appeals, which could last for several years, like here in the USA. Prosecutor Nel needs to Appeal magistrate Nair's whimsical light Bail ruling, which is obviously not based on SA law or facts.
Feb 23, 2013 8:18 PM CST
I was asked by one of the children if The blade runner is able to keep his blades if he is jailed? I could not answer, but I thought it may fetch some money on E Bay to donate for the battered women fund..just a thought..
Feb 22, 2013 7:55 PM CST
"Nair set the bail at 1 million rand ($113,000), with $11,300 in cash up front and proof that the rest is available."Questions: Who gets the $11, 300 cash upfront now? When will they get the remaininng $101,700? That's pretty slick! It seems that magistrate Nair was motivated to grant PistOriuS Bail, as in $11,300 cash now and the rest $101,700 later, BUT before June 4, 2013. Now I get it! If Bail was Denied, No Money would be paid. Still hope that Prosecutor Nel Appeals that goofy Bail decision.