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NPA undeterred by Pistorius bail ruling

The NPA says it is confident that Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius will have his day in court.

South African Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears in the Pretoria Magistrate Court on 20 February 2013. Picture: AFP.

PRETORIA - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said it remains confident Oscar Pistorius will attend his trial, despite a court setting aside several travel restrictions outlined in his bail conditions.

The Olympic and Paralympic athlete successfully appealed the terms in the North Gauteng High Court on Wednesday.

Pistorius was arrested at his Pretoria East home on Valentine's Day after he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The Blade Runner claims he though Steenkamp was an intruder, but the state will argue that it was premeditated murder.

NPA spokesperson Medupe Simasiku said he does not believe Judge Bert Bam's ruling will hamper efforts to bring Pistorius to trial.

"We believe he will comply with the bail conditions and he will attend court as required."

Bam said he relied on Magistrate Desmond Nair's finding that Pistorius is not a flight risk.

"I find that the magistrate's decision not to grant the applicant his passport to travel abroad is wrong."

The judge said the courts must guard against bail being used as a means of punishment.