Imprisoned South African Paralympic star Pistorius meets victim’s father

JOHANNESBURG, July 1 (Reuters) – Former South African Paralympic superstar Oscar Pistorius, jailed in 2016 for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, ​​met his father last week, a family lawyer said on Friday. Steencamp.

Lawyer, Tania Koen, said Pistorius took part in a process known as victim-offender dialogue – an integral part of South Africa’s restorative justice program which brings together parties affected by a crime in the purpose of concluding.

“(I can) confirm that Barry Steenkamp and Oscar Pistorius participated in a victim-offender dialogue on June 22, 2022,” Koen said in a statement.

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She said she would not comment further due to her clients’ privacy.

The Department of Corrections said earlier that Oscar Pistorius had been moved to Atteridgeville prison near the capital Pretoria, from St Albans Correctional Center in the Eastern Cape, near where the parents of Steencamp.

He had been reunited with his family at the end of last year. Read more

Pistorius, known as the “Blade Runner” for his prosthetic carbon fiber legs, went from public hero to convicted murderer in a trial that sparked worldwide interest. He becomes eligible for parole after serving half of his 13-year sentence.

Singabakho Nxumalo, a Department of Corrections spokesperson, said in a statement that Pistorius would continue to serve his sentence because participating in victim-offender dialogue does not equate to an end of sentence or parole.

Gold medalist Pistorius, once a darling of the Paralympic movement for pushing for greater recognition and acceptance of athletes with disabilities, shot Steenkamp, ​​a model and law student, in his bathroom in 2013.

Pistorius said he believed she was an intruder, but was jailed in 2016, initially for six years. After an appeal from prosecutors who said it was too lenient, the sentence was increased to 13 years.

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Reporting by Anait Miridzhanian in Gdansk and Alexander Winning in Johannesburg; Editing by James Macharia Chege and Angus MacSwan

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