South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, serving a five-year sentence for killing his girlfriend, may not be released as expected this week because the decision to free him was “premature”, the justice ministry said Wednesday.

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Justice Minister Michael Masutha said in a statement that a June decision to release him had “no legal basis” and would be suspended pending a parole board review.

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“It is apparent… that the decision to release him on 21 August 2015 was made prematurely on 5 June 2015 when the offender was not eligible to be considered at all,” the statement said.

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