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Olympic star Oscar Pistorius granted bail

02/22/2013 11:04 AM ET
By Joe Auriemma

Oscar Pistorius stands in court for his bail hearing.(AP)
Olympic star and Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius was granted bail on Friday by Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair in the double-amputee's homicide case of his late girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius, who has pled his case all week that the shooting of Steenkamp was accidental, was granted release at the cost of one million rand or $113,000. In order to be set free, Nair ordered him to hand over his passports, turn in any guns that he owns and he must stay within the district of Pretoria, but not return to his home which is considered a crime scene.

Judge Nair concluded that the affidavit that Pistorius made to the court on the day of the shooting and his cooperation in the matter, along with the defense testimony, have made a "strong case to be released on bail," while also stating that he did not believe the star athlete was a flight risk.

Pistorius's next court appearance was set for June 4, at which time the prosecution will once again make their case that Pistorius' actions were premeditated murder, which is punishable by a sentence of life in prison in South Africa.

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