Oscar Pistorius family statement: 'It is important for the family that it be emphasized that Oscar's sentence has not been shortened or reduced. He now enters the next phase of his sentence. He will serve this under the strict conditions that govern correctional supervision' - via @Valeska1
Editor's note: NBC News and the Associated Press both report that Oscar Pistorius is now staying at his uncle's house, outside Pretoria. The AP adds that South Africa's parole board approves releases to correctional supervision because the nation's prisons are overcrowded and underfunded. - Tom
Editor's note: The lawyer for Oscar Pistorius says he has already been released and is now at home. The South African paralympian had been imprisoned for the shooting death of his girlfriend and is scheduled to serve the remainder of his term under house arrest. - Tom
Statement: Oscar Pistorius' family says parole board treating him unfairly, claims Pistorius' 'constitutional rights are being affected by ongoing confusion around the timing of parole decisions' - @Gao_Phala
Oscar Leonard Carl Pistorius OIB (/pɪsˈtɔriəs/; born 22 November 1986) is a South African sprint runner. Although both of Pistorius' legs were amputated below the knee when he was 11 months old, he has competed in events for single below-knee amputees and for able-bodied athletes.
After becoming a Paralympic champion, Pistorius attempted to enter able-bodied international competition, over persistent objections of the IAAF and charges that his artificial limbs gave an unfair advantage. Pistorius eventually prevailed in this legal dispute. At the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, Pistorius became the first amputee to win an able-bodied world track medal. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Pistorius became the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympics when he entered the men's 400 metres and 4 × 400 metres relay races. At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Pistorius won gold medals in the men's 400-metre race and in the 4 × 100 metres relay, setting world records in both events. He also took silver in the 200-metre race, having set a world record in the semifinal.
On Valentine's Day 2013, Pistorius fatally shot Reeva Steenkamp in his Pretoria home. He said he had mistaken Steenkamp for an intruder hiding in the bathroom, but he was arrested and charged with murder. At his trial the following year, Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide. He received a five-year prison sentence for culpable homicide and a concurrent three-year suspended prison sentence for a separate reckless endangerment conviction. In November, prosecutors asked the sentencing judge for permission to appeal the verdict. Permission was granted in December, and the case will next be presented to a five-person panel at the Supreme Court of Appeal. His release from prison to house arrest was announced for 21 August 2015, but this was placed "on hold" on 19 August 2015. On 15 October 2015 it was confirmed that Pistorius was to be released from prison on 20 October 2015; however, he was released on 19 October 2015.