Pistorius leaked video sparks controversy

By Drum Digital
07 July 2014

A video showing murder accused athlete Oscar Pistorius re-enacting the fatal shooting of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp has sparked some controversy.

A number of South African daily newspapers led with screen grabs from the video, which was commissioned by Pistorius’s defence team in preparation for the trial, after it was leaked to the Australian broadcaster Channel Seven.

The broadcaster flighted the video last night.

In a statement, Pistorius's defence team said the material had been aired illegally, and was in breach of its confidentiality agreement with the American firm it hired to produce it.

“Its usage also constitutes a breach of privilege as this material was produced for trial purposes on the instructions of a commissioner, and the ownership of the copyright vests in the commissioner. No permission for the disclosure thereof has been given," it said in a statement.

It is not clear what effect the surfacing of the video would have at this stage of the trial. The National Prosecutions Authority has refused to comment on the matter. DRUM readers on Twitter had mixed views on the likely impact of the video when asked if the video would jeopardise Pistorius’s case. Said Siyabulela Mashiyi

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