Oscar Pistorius

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Oscar Pistorius, gestures,  at the end of the fourth day of  sentencing proceedings in the high court in Pretoria,  South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. Following the testimony hearing, which is expected to end this week, Judge Thokozile Masipa will rule on what punishment Pistorius must serve after convicting him of culpable homicide for shooting his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp through a toilet door in his home.(AP Photo/Alon Skuy, Pool)

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The South African review board that will decide on the release of Oscar Pistorius is to meet on September 18, his family said Thursday, after the Paralympian's parole was delayed last week.

Pistorius, who has been in jail for 10 months over the killing of his girlfriend, was expected to be freed last Friday on house arrest.

But in a surprise move, the justice minister blocked his release, saying proper procedure had not been followed.

Pistorius is set to remain in jail as the review panel, which includes three judges, could take weeks or even months to make its decision.

"We do understand that the parole (review) board will be sitting on the 18th of September," said a family spokesman who asked not to be identified.

"That date has been set."

The double-amputee sprinter, 28, was sentenced in October to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day 2013. (AFP)


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