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Pistorius can travel abroad

Murder accused Oscar Pistorius managed to have his bail conditions relaxed on Thursday.

Murder accused Oscar Pistorius in court. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - Chief magistrate Desmond Nair did not properly consider several factors in murder accused Oscar Pistorius' case when imposing bail condition, the North Gauteng High Court ruled on Thursday.

The athlete successfully appealed some of his bail conditions in the Pretoria court.

The Olympic and Paralympic star will now be allowed to travel abroad.

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

Judge Bert Bam found that Nair failed to properly consider Pistorius' celebrity status and the fact that he is easily recognisable.

"The applicant is well known worldwide as an Olympic and Paralympic athlete, using prosthesis on both legs.

"The magistrate, in my view, misdirected himself in reasoning that the applicant was not in circumstances entitled to a less stringent bail condition," Bam said.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) remains confident Pistorius will present himself for trial.

Pistorius' passport will be held by a court while he is in the country.

He can leave South Africa only if he provides an itinerary of his travel plans at least a week before he is scheduled to leave.

Meanwhile, the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) says Pistorius will be allowed to compete at this year's world championships if he qualifies.

Just hours after the Thursday's ruling, the IAAF issued a statement on the athlete's eligibility to complete.

The federation's Yannis Nikolau said the body has no objection to the Blade Runner competing at the world championships on the basis of the principle of innocent until proven guilty.

He said the decision for Pistorius to run at other events would be at the discretion of the organisers.

Pistorius' trial will resume in June.

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