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.

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.

“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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