Oscar Pistorius Trial Will be Televised
South African Olympian and double-amputee Oscar Pistorius will have his murder trial broadcast on live TV.
A judge has ruled that television cameras will be allowed in the court room, but testimony from Oscar and defense witnesses will not be shown. However, radio stations will be permitted to broadcast the whole trial in full.
Known affectionately as the “Blade Runner” due to his prosthetic limbs, Pistorius is accused of shooting to death his 29-year-old girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria.
Oscar, 27, claims that he fired through the closed bathroom door because he thought there was an intruder in his home.
Pistorius’ lawyers failed in their bid to stop the trial being broadcast as a judge sitting in the North Gauteng High Court, where the trial will open next week, ruled in favor of the South African TV and radio applicants.
Judge Dunstan Mlambo’s decision opens up much of Pistorius’ blockbuster trial to the expected audience of millions of intrigued followers around the world.
“Court proceedings are in fact public and this objective must be recognized,” Mlambo said.
The decision came two days after a Twitter site to be used by members of Pistorius’ family during the trial became active. It already has more than 20,000 followers.