Oscar WON'T be released from prison on Friday

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19 August 2015

Justice Minister Michael Masutha has referred the decision on Oscar Pistorius' parole decision to the Correctional Supervision and Parole Review Board.

Oscar Pistorius will not be released on Friday, as previously expected.

Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Michael Masutha has referred the decision on Oscar's parole to the Correctional Supervision and Parole Review Board.

Justice spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga confirmed this meant Oscar would not be released on parole and placed under house arrest on Friday, after having served 10 months of his five-year sentence for the capable homicide killing of Reeva Steenkamp.

According to eNCA legal journalist Karyn Maughan, Masutha said the decision to release the former paralympian was made prematurely and "without any legal basis".

Masutha argues that the law states Oscar should only have been considered after he had served a sixth of his sentence. His release was considered in June, meaning he had not yet served the necessary time.

"He can only be released if and when parole review board rules in his favour," Maughan tweeted.

Yesterday, it emerged that Masutha was seeking legal advice on his planned release. He was responding to a petition from a rights group on Tuesday, which were calling for them to block Oscar’s release during Women’s Month.

According to the ministry, Masutha received the petition from the Progressive Women’s’ Movement of South Africa (PWMSA) on Monday, wherein they expressed their opposition to Oscar's imminent release.

Oscar will remain at Pretoria's Kgosi Mampuru II prison until the parole board has reconsidered the matter.

Sources: eNCA, EWN, News24

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