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Oscar Pistorius released from jail and under house arrest

RELEASED?: The Paralympian is pictured leaving the high court in Pretoria, South Africa last year

A SOUTH African official says Oscar Pistorius has been released from prison and placed under house arrest.

Manelisi Wolela, a spokesman for South Africa's correctional services department, said the double-amputee Olympic runner who fatally shot his girlfriend on Valentine's Day 2013 was put under "correctional supervision" on yesterday night (Oct 19).

He confirmed Pistorius' release from a prison in Pretoria, the South African capital, in a cellphone text message sent to The Associated Press.

A parole board at the prison where Pistorius has served nearly a year of his five-year sentence for manslaughter made the decision for the runner to be put under house arrest.

It came after an initial ruling to release the athlete from prison in August was cancelled at the last minute after intervention by the justice minister.

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