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Oscar Pistorius's family 'concerned' about parole delays

Oscar Pistorius’s family has issued a statement that appears to express their anger and frustration.

Lois Pistorius and Arnold Pistorius listen to the Oscar Pistorius' testimony at the High Court in Pretoria on 8 April 2014. Picture: Pool.

PRETORIA - Oscar Pistorius's family has issued a statement that appears to express their anger and frustration at ongoing delays in the athlete's release under correctional supervision suggesting he's being treated unfairly.

The Correctional Services Department announced yesterday that the parole review board has set aside the decision to release the athlete and referred the matter back to the parole board.

Pistorius is serving a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day two years ago.

The athlete's family say the public, political and media hype that developed around his trial has undermined his right to be treated like any other prisoner.

They say they're concerned by the legality of the parole review board's decision - questioning why it did not use its power to take the decision itself - to place Pistorius under correctional supervision.

Referring to the review board's order that the offender receive psychotherapy, the family says the paralympian has been receiving regular and ongoing treatment.

It says the failure to consistently implement provision of the Correctional Services Act undermines administrative justice.

It's understood the parole board meets daily so it's just a matter of finding an available date to consider Pistorius's application.

PISTORIUS'S FAMILY MIGHT APPROACH COURTS

The latest statement issued by Pistorius's family appears to suggest the athlete's legal team may be considering approaching the courts to have him released from prison.

The blade runner's family say they're concerned by the legality of the parole review board's decision and his constitutional rights are being trodden on.

Although it was not stated the language used suggests that they may be considering legal action.

The family say the public, political and media hype that developed around the athlete's trial has undermined his right to be treated like any other prisoner.

They've further questioned why the parole review board did not exercise its powers and place Pistorius under correctional supervision.

The window of opportunity to fight to be released is slowly closing as today's marks exactly one month away from the state's appeal of the athlete's culpable homicide conviction.

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