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South African Prosecutors Appeal Paralympic Champion Pistorius’ Conviction

Oscar Pistorius, rear right, is led to a awaiting police vehicle to be taken to prison outside the court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius was handed down a five-year sentence by judge Thokozile Masipais for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.  (AP Photo/Antoine de Ras, Independent Newspapers)
Oscar Pistorius, rear right, is led to a awaiting police vehicle to be taken to prison outside the court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. Pistorius was handed down a five-year sentence by judge Thokozile Masipais for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. (AP Photo/Antoine de Ras, Independent Newspapers)

South African prosecutors have filed an appeal against Oscar Pistorius’ conviction and prison sentence, the spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said Tuesday.

“Today, we announce that the NPA filed the application for leave to appeal both the conviction and sentence. The appeal on conviction is based on the question of law,” the South African Press Association (SAPA) quoted the NPA’s spokesperson as saying.
According to SAPA the papers were filed with the registrar of the North Gauteng High Court, and “the matter is now officially sub judice and consequently the NPA will not be able to discuss the matter publicly until judgment is delivered by the court”.
Pistorius, a South African Paralympic champion, shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp dead through a closed toilet door at his home in Pretoria on February 14, 2013. He claimed he mistakenly shot Steenkamp, thinking she was an intruder.
On February 19, 2013, a Pretoria prosecutor charged Pistorius with premeditated murder. In September, Pistorius was found guilty of culpable homicide but was cleared of premeditated murder by Judge Thokozile Masipa in a ruling that many found unjust, including the Steenkamp family.
Pistorius is a double-amputee sprinter and a six-time Paralympic champion who has also taken part in able-bodied competitions. He won a silver medal in the 4×400 meter relay at the 2011 world championships.
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