Pistorius allowed to leave South Africa for sporting events

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Pistorius allowed to leave South Africa for sporting events

Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee "Blade Runner" who killed his girlfriend last month, is out on bail. One of the original restrictions to his bail was that he was not allowed to leave South Africa and had to turn his passport over to the court. Today, a new judge lifted that restriction, saying that Pistorius' attorney could hold his passport and Pistorius can travel abroad for sporting events as long as he notifies the court of his itinerary.

Anyone else outraged by this? The International Athletics Federation has said that "on the basis of the 'innocent until proven guilty' principle he would be free to run." Except that that doesn't apply here since there's no question about whether he shot her or not, only whether it was intentional or accidental. Either way, he's a killer who should not be free to, pardon the pun, run all around the world.

South Africa judge lifts travel ban on Oscar Pistorius - CNN.com
Pistorius allowed to leave SAfrica with conditions - SFGate

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I dont like the idea of it, but I agree that until he is convicted he should be allowed to continue to live his life

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But aren't most people that are going to be tried prohibited from travel...especially international travel?

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Yes, they are. It's a very common restriction on bail terms. I do understand the argument that this is his way of earning a living, and not allowing him to earn a living may compromise his ability to afford legal defense. I just don't accept that he can't possibly earn money in any other way while staying within South Africa, or that he should get a privilege that other killers awaiting trial would not have.

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Yes, it is a common restriction.
Wow, I'm really annoyed by this too. Why shouldn't he put his sporting career on hold for a couple months while he has a murder trial??

I have to say I'm thoroughly disgusted by this man. IF he did do it, then he was someone who was an amazing inspiration to amputees. And now he's a murderer. He must have let a lot of people down. It kind of reminds me of more violent Lance Armstrong...

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The same rules simply do not apply to those who are famous athletes. Look at Ray Lewis: Ray Lewis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

from wikiP:
"He gained notoriety for his involvement in a January 2000 fight that resulted in an indictment on murder and aggravated-assault charges. In a plea agreement he pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in exchange for testifying against two other defendants.[5]"

And this is a good article about him too:

If you, me, or any one of our husbands (to draw a closer comparison) did any of these things. i.e. shooting and killing a person or even taking a plea to such an event, our careers would be impacted. Deeply. I do value innocent until proven guilty, but do not believe that everyone is treated equally.