On Thursday, Oscar Pistorius and his lawyers are expected to challenge bail restrictions resulting from charges that the Olympic sprinter murdered his girlfriend, asking that the man known as "Blade Runner" be allowed to travel outside of South Africa. In a different court today, Pistorius's brother, Carl, pleaded not guilty to a culpable homicide charge involving the death of a motorist in 2008—so it's a very busy week for the troubled Pistorius clan in dramatic legal proceedings that aren't going away anytime soon.
Oscar's fight has centered on having more freedom while he awaits his trial for shooting and killing his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. During a four-day hearing late last month, prosecutors had fought for a harsher punishment for the track star, who is facing a premeditated murder charge. But Oscar was granted bail, under conditions that Blade Runner give up his firearms and surrender his passport. He and his lawyers are fighting over the latter condition: "Oscar's legal team filed an appeal against some of his bail conditions on March 7, objecting to him being not allowed to travel outside of South Africa even though a magistrate said he was not a flight risk when granting him 1 million rand ($108,000) bail," reports the AP, which adds that Pistorius is also trying to get the right to talk to his neighbors and drink alcohol.
No doubt, Oscar's high profile and celebrity status helped shed light on South Africa's very real and very rampant problem of gun violence. But as his case unfolded, we learned that the prime investigator in the case was facing attempted murder charges, and that his brother was facing a homicide charge, too. All those killings and their connections might sound like the stuff of Hollywood — Ryan Gosling is apparently rumored to star in a Pistorius biopic — but there consequences remain very real, all drama aside. In a different court on Wednesday, Carl Pistorius plead not guilty to "culpable homicide" — in 2008, he collided with a female motorist who died. "Although the culpable homicide charge against Carl was initially dropped, it was reinstated this year because forensic evidence and reports from the accident scene became available, according to prosecutors," reports the AP, which notes that the Pistorius family has denied that Carl was intoxicated that night. Carl "was accompanied by his sister, Aimee. There was no sign of Oscar Pistorius," the AP added.
This article is from the archive of our partner The Wire.
We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.