Saturday 25 March 2017

Prosecutors file papers arguing that Oscar Pistorius's appeal is not valid

Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius
Oscar Pistorius
File photo: Oscar Pistorius in 2012. PA Wire.
Oscar Pistorius

South African prosecutors have asked the nation's highest court to reject a bid by Oscar Pistorius's lawyers to appeal against the double-amputee runner's murder conviction.

Prosecutors have filed papers with the Constitutional Court arguing that Pistorius's appeal is not valid, said National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku.

Lawyers for Pistorius, who killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in his home in 2013, had appealed to South Africa's highest court, saying another court erred when it overturned a manslaughter conviction and declared the Olympic athlete guilty of murder.

Pistorius is under house arrest while the Constitutional Court decides if it will hear the case.

Sentencing on the murder conviction is scheduled for April 18.

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