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Pistorius wants foreign travel ban lifted

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International News | Saturday March 9 2013 9:13

Pistorius wants foreign travel ban lifted

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South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is appealing against his bail conditions, local television reports.

The eNCA news channel says lawyers for the sprint star, who is accused of murdering his girlfriend on Valentine's Day, will ask a court for a ban on foreign travel to be lifted. He also wants the removal of a condition relating to mandatory drug and alcohol tests and to be able to return to his home.

In papers filed on Friday, lawyers argue that Pistorius - who says the shooting of Reeva Steenkamp was a tragic accident - is not a flight risk.

Pistorius's lawyer, Kenny Oldwage, refused to comment.

Pistorius has also reportedly asked for the "blanket ban" on talking to residents of his gated community to be lifted and for him to be able to return to the house were Steenkamp was shot.

The papers are reported to say "there is no desire by the appellant to use any prohibited substance or alcohol" but that the condition is not fair.

They ask that he be allowed to travel internationally, with police permission.

Pistorius's agent, Peet van Zyl, said he was not aware of Pistorius's desire to travel, adding his participation in overseas competitions had been cancelled.

He also said Pistorius had not restarted training.

The athlete was granted bail on February 22.

Prosecutors have charged Pistorius with the premeditated murder of his 29-year-old girlfriend and he is due back in court in June.

The double-amputee admits shooting Steenkamp repeatedly through a locked bathroom door, but says he mistook her for an intruder.

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