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Officials recommend August Pistorius release from prison

08 June 2015, 16:21

Johannesburg - South African prison officials have recommended that Oscar Pistorius be released from prison on Aug. 21 to go under house arrest.

Acting National Commissioner of Correctional Services Zach Modise says that a prison committee recommended Pistorius be released from the prison in Pretoria after serving one sixth of his five-year sentence, or 10 months, for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. A decision by the parole board is pending.

Aug. 21 is 10 months since Pistorius was sentenced by a judge after being convicted of culpable homicide for killing Steenkamp.

Modise said the committee made the recommendation on the basis of the double-amputee Olympic athlete's good behavior in the jail in the South African capital, Pretoria.

Correctional Services spokesman Manelisi Wolela said the conditions of Pistorius' house arrest won't be made public.

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