Last Updated: March 28, 2013 12:07pm
Oscar Pistorius: Not in court on Thursday
Lawyers for Oscar Pistorius, who is charged with murdering his girlfriend, are challenging his bail conditions at a court hearing on Thursday.
The South African athelete's lawyers want a relaxing of the bail conditions imposed last month, so that their client can return to his home, and travel freely.
They are also hoping to ease other restrictions, including supervision by a probation officer for Pistorius and compulsory drug and alcohol testing.
"Why would this athlete go to a country without extradition and go and hide?" lawyer Barry Roux said. "He is going nowhere."
Pistorius denies murdering Reeva Steenkamp, claiming shots were fired when he mistook her for an intruder.
Prosecutors said the state would oppose the application, which is taking place at the High Court in Pretoria; Pistorius himself will not be in court today.
South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius' trial date has been set for 3 March next year.
Oscar Pistorius is ready to return to training but has no immediate plans to compete, says his agent Peet van Zyl.
Oscar Pistorius' uncle has cast doubt on the prospect of the Paralympian competing at this summer's World Championships.
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