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South African man jailed over Oscar Pistorius scam attempt

Published 01/11/2016 | 12:08

Oscar Pistorius is serving a six-year prison term
Oscar Pistorius is serving a six-year prison term

A man who posed as a South African prosecution official and targeted Oscar Pistorius in a scam attempt has been sentenced to four years in prison.

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Tshifhiwa Radzhadzhi, 33, was arrested in March after telling Pistorius that he could quash the former Olympic runner's conviction for murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in exchange for about €23,000.

Radzhadzhi was arrested on March 18 while receiving some of the money from Pistorius in a police sting operation, and was convicted of corruption and impersonating a prosecutor.

Pistorius, who murdered Steenkamp in his home in 2013, was sentenced on July 6 to six years in prison after a long legal battle.

South African prosecutors have appealed the sentence, saying it is too lenient.

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