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SAPS seeks Interpol help in Pistorius case

According to a source close to the investigation, Interpol has not yet responded to the request.

Oscar Pistorius appeared in court on 4 June in connection with the death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Picture: Christa wan der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News understands police investigators are looking to the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) for help in the Oscar Pistorius murder case.

In June, it emerged the Olympic and Paralympic athlete had forgotten a password to his Apple iPhone used on the night he shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

She was gunned down at Pistorius's Silver Lakes home in Pretoria East home on Valentine's Day.

While the athlete's phone isn't locked, investigators are trying to get his iTunes password to forensically analyse the device and access deleted or hidden data.

Police investigators officially asked their counterparts at Interpol for help in acquiring the expertise of Apple Inc staff.

Officials are hoping his password can be retrieved from Apple's servers.

According to a source close to the investigation, Interpol has not yet responded to the request.

Pistorius will return to court on 19 August where a trial date will be set.

Earlier this year, he was released on R1million bail.

Pistorius maintains he mistook her for an intruder, but the state will argue a case of premeditated murder.