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Oscar Pistorius must be released from prison on Friday

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Oscar Pistorius leaves the court in Pretoria in South Africa, on June 14, 2016, following a hearing regarding the murder of Reeva Steenkamp.

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Former South African Paralympic champion Oscar Pistorius, on parole from Friday, will leave prison almost 11 years after the murder of his partner Reeva Steenkamp with a ban on speaking out in the media, the prison administration confirmed on Wednesday.

Like other people on parole, Pistorius is not allowed to give media interviews, the administration said in a statement. The fact that Pistorius is known to the general public does not make him different from other detainees and does not justify special treatment.

Oscar Pistorius, 37, obtained early release at the end of November. South African justice provides that a convict can benefit from conditional release once half of his sentence has expired.

The former athlete is due to be released from a prison on the outskirts of the capital Pretoria on Friday. Neither the time nor the logistical details were revealed by the authorities, for security reasons.

No possibility will be given to journalists present in front of the prison to take photos or images of Pistorius, warned the prison administration.

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The six-time Paralympic champion amputee of both legs, who became a legend at the 2012 Olympic Games in London by aligning himself with the able-bodied in the 400 meters, was convicted during his trial in appeal in 2017 to 13 years and 5 months in prison.

On the night of February 13-14, 2013, he shot dead model Reeva Steenkamp, ​​29, by shooting four times through a door of her ultra-secure Pretoria home .

Blade Runner, as he is nicknamed in reference to his carbon prostheses, has always claimed to have believed in the presence of an intruder. The case has fascinated the planet.

Upon the announcement of her early release, the victim's mother, June Steenkamp, said she still did not believe Oscar's version and said she was convinced that the latter had not rehabilitated himself in detention.

As part of his placement on parole until the end of his sentence in 2029, Oscar Pistorius must notably undergo therapy on anger management and violence against women.

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