SUDAN: ‘ President Bashir Barred from leaving South Africa on ICC Warrant ‘

#AceNewsReport – SUDAN:June.14: President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, may be arrested in Johannesburg, South Africa, on an International Criminal Court warrant on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity.

South Africa is legally obliged to arrest al-Bashir and hand him over to international authorities, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said.

The ICC has ordered the Sudanese president to stay in S. Africa until a ruling is made about his arrest.

The Sudanese president came to power in 1989 as a result of a coup. Omar al-Bashir is accused of initiating a government campaign that resulted in the Darfur conflict, in which 300,000 people were killed and over 2 million displaced, according to United Nations figures.

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#FIFA suspends 2026 World Cup Bidding amid corruption scandal’

#AceBreakingNews – June.10: #FIFA has suspended the bidding process for the 2026 World Cup. The football organization is weathering the storm of a widening corruption scandal that touches on previous selections of host countries.

“Due to the situation, I think it’s nonsense to start any bidding process for the time being. It will be postponed,” FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke told a news conference in the southern Russian city of Samara.

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SOUTH AFRICA:’ Oscar Pistorius case: Court sets November for appeal ‘

#AceNewsReport – Featured Update:June.08: Pistorius case finally set for appeal.

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) – Oscar Pistorius’ case will go in front of South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal in November, the court said Monday, when prosecutors will challenge the decision to acquit him of murder for shooting girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Pistorius would again face the possibility of a murder conviction and a minimum of 15 years in prison if a panel of judges at the Sup…

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SOUTH AFRICA: ‘ Confirms they gave $10-million to Indicted Official but it was not a Bribe ‘

#AceNewsReport – FIFA Update:June.03: South Africa confirmed it had given $10 million (7 million pounds) meant to help pay for the 2010 World Cup to a football official indicted last week in the United States, but said the payment was not a bribe as U.S. prosecutors allege (Reuters)

This followed the previous report earlier Interpol puts two ex-FIFA officials on ‘red notice’ wanted list Interpol put two top former FIFA officials on its “red notice” wanted list at the request of U.S. authorities on Wednesday as their investigation into corruption at football’s governing body gathered pace.

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SOUTH AFRICA: ‘ SUSPECT APPEARS IN COURT OVER KILLING OF FOOTBALLER SENZO MEYIWA ‘

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH AFRICA – October 31 – A suspect has appeared in court in South Africa over the killing of national football captain Senzo Meyiwa.

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‘Suspect in court in S Africa over Senzo Meyiwa killing ‘

The man, named as Zanokuhle Mbatha, 25, faces charges of murder and armed robbery and will appear again on 11 November. Police had offered a reward for information on the attack.

Meyiwa, 27, was shot on Sunday apparently after burglars entered his girlfriend’s house near Johannesburg.

His death has highlighted the high rates of violent crime in South Africa.

Mr Mbatha’s brief court appearance came after he was picked out at an identity parade by witnesses.

“Zenokuhle Mbatha, a 25-year-old, has been remanded in custody and will reappear in court on November 11, 2014,” a South African police statement said, adding that it would continue with its investigations.

“There are still other suspects outstanding and we appeal to the public to continue providing information in support of the investigation,” the statement continued.

The killing of the popular athlete shook South Africa, whose president Jacob Zuma said that “words cannot express the nation’s shock” at the death.

Meyiwa’s funeral will take place on Saturday at the Moses Mabhida stadium in his home town of Durban.

The following day, the South African football team will play their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the stadium in honour of Meyiwa.

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SOUTH AFRICA: ‘ GOALKEEPER AND CAPTAIN OF NATIONAL SOCCER TEAM KILLED BY ARMED MEN ‘

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH AFRICA – October 27 – The goalkeeper and captain of South Africa’s national soccer team Senzo Meyiwa was fatally shot by armed men in the house he was staying in, police said Monday.

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Goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was killed around 8pm Sunday after two gunmen entered a house in Vosloorus township, near Johannesburg, while an accomplice waited outside, the national police force said on its Twitter account.

The three assailants then fled on foot, according to the police service, which offered a reward of nearly 153,000 rands (£8,700) for information leading to arrests in the case Guardian reported.   

Police said there were seven people in the house during the attack, and that the shooting followed an altercation. Authorities said they would do everything possible to find the killers.

Senzo Meyiwa was killed Sunday after two gunmen entered a house in Vosloorus township near Johannesburg while an accomplice waited outside, AP reported.

The three assailants then fled, according to the police, which offered a reward of nearly US$14,000 for information about them.

South African soccer club Orlando Pirates confirmed Meyiwa’s death.

Meyiwa was South Africa’s captain in its four qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations this year.

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PRETORIA: ‘ OSCAR PISTORIUS SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON ‘

#AceBreakingNews – SOUTH AFRICA (Pretoria) – October 21 – South African athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced Tuesday to a maximum of five years in prison for the Valentine’s Day, 2013, killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The double-amputee Olympic runner was given a suspended, three-year sentence for an unrelated firearms charge.

Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered the ruling more than seven months after the Olympic runner’s trial for killing Steenkamp started.

She earlier found him guilty of culpable homicide, which is comparable to manslaughter.

He was acquitted of murder.

Pistorius testified during his murder trial that he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder.

It was not immediately clear if Pistorius would appeal the ruling.

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SOUTH AFRICA: ‘ Oscar Pistorius Found Guilty of Culpable Homicide ‘

#AceBreakingNews – SOUTH AFRICA – (Pretoria) – September 12 – A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide, or negligent killing, in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder and premeditated murder.

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Sept. 12, 2014: Oscar Pistorius, right, arrives at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa. (AP)

Judge Thokozile Masipa said Friday that the double-amputee athlete was not guilty of murder, as prosecutors had alleged. She ordered Pistorius to stand before she delivered the verdict.

The sentence for a culpable homicide conviction is at the judge’s discretion, and it can range from a suspended sentence and a fine to up to 15 years in prison. Sentencing was to be announced at a later date.

Pistorius was also convicted on one of three unrelated firearm charges. The judge ruled that the athlete was guilty of unlawfully firing a gun in a public place when a friend’s pistol he was handling discharged under a table in a restaurant in Johannesburg in early 2013 — weeks before Steenkamp’s killing.

Pistorius was acquitted on two other gun charges, including a count of firing a gun in public and a count of illegal possession of ammunition in the Pretoria home where he killed Steenkamp.

On Thursday the judge found there was not enough evidence to convict him of pre-meditated murder.  

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` African National Congress Party is set to Win the South Africa Election by a Massive Majority ‘

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – May 09 – The ruling African National Congress (ANC) is set to win South Africa’s fifth democratic election by a significant majority, debunking speculation that the party would be severely tested this week.

At midday on Friday, after an estimated 97.96 percent of votes had been tallied, the ANC was the outright leader with 62.2 percent of the count.

The official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA), was sitting on 22.19 percent in second place.

Addressing the media on Friday, Pansy Tlakula, chairperson of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced that counting in the country’s fifth democratic election was nearly complete.

“We are nearly home,” Tlakula said.

In three of the country’s nine provinces, results have been finalised. Officials say the counting in the other six provinces is at an advanced stage.

The IEC is expected to announce the results on Saturday.

“With 97,96 percent of results captured, we are confident of being able to announce the official results tomorrow,” Tlakula said.

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World Health Organization’s Ranking of the World’s Health Systems

Some people fancy all health care debates to be a case of Canadian Health Care vs. American. Not so. According to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems, neither Canada nor the USA ranks in the top 25.

Improving the Canadian Healthcare System does not mean we must emulate the American system, but it may mean that perhaps we can learn from countries that rank better than both Canada and the USA at keeping their citizens healthy.

Note: My Country, Scotland ALWAYS gets thrown in with the British average. Scottish NHS (National Health Service) is a lot better than England’s

Big ambitions: Scotland’s health service is aiming high while staying true to its foundations
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World Health Organization Ranking; The World’s Health Systems

1 France
2 Italy
3 San Marino
4 Andorra
5 Malta
6 Singapore
7 Spain
8 Oman
9 Austria
10 Japan
11 Norway
12 Portugal
13 Monaco
14 Greece
15 Iceland
16 Luxembourg
17 Netherlands
18 United Kingdom – (England)
19 Ireland
20 Switzerland
21 Belgium
22 Colombia
23 Sweden
24 Cyprus
25 Germany
26 Saudi Arabia
27 United Arab Emirates
28 Israel
29 Morocco
30 Canada
31 Finland
32 Australia
33 Chile
34 Denmark
35 Dominica
36 Costa Rica
37 USA
38 Slovenia
39 Cuba
40 Brunei
41 New Zealand
42 Bahrain
43 Croatia
44 Qatar
45 Kuwait
46 Barbados
47 Thailand
48 Czech Republic
49 Malaysia
50 Poland
51 Dominican Republic
52 Tunisia
53 Jamaica
54 Venezuela
55 Albania
56 Seychelles
57 Paraguay
58 South Korea
59 Senegal
60 Philippines
61 Mexico
62 Slovakia
63 Egypt
64 Kazakhstan 65 Uruguay
66 Hungary
67 Trinidad and Tobago
68 Saint Lucia
69 Belize
70 Turkey
71 Nicaragua
72 Belarus
73 Lithuania
74 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
75 Argentina
76 Sri Lanka
77 Estonia
78 Guatemala
79 Ukraine
80 Solomon Islands
81 Algeria
82 Palau
83 Jordan
84 Mauritius
85 Grenada
86 Antigua and Barbuda
87 Libya
88 Bangladesh
89 Macedonia
90 Bosnia-Herzegovina
91 Lebanon
92 Indonesia
93 Iran
94 Bahamas
95 Panama
96 Fiji
97 Benin
98 Nauru
99 Romania
100 Saint Kitts and Nevis
101 Moldova
102 Bulgaria
103 Iraq
104 Armenia
105 Latvia
106 Yugoslavia
107 Cook Islands
108 Syria
109 Azerbaijan
110 Suriname
111 Ecuador
112 India
113 Cape Verde
114 Georgia
115 El Salvador
116 Tonga
117 Uzbekistan
118 Comoros
119 Samoa
120 Yemen
121 Niue
122 Pakistan
123 Micronesia
124 Bhutan
125 Brazil
126 Bolivia
127 Vanuatu 128 Guyana
129 Peru
130 Russia
131 Honduras
132 Burkina Faso
133 Sao Tome and Principe
134 Sudan
135 Ghana
136 Tuvalu
137 Ivory Coast
138 Haiti
139 Gabon
140 Kenya
141 Marshall Islands
142 Kiribati
143 Burundi
144 China
145 Mongolia
146 Gambia
147 Maldives
148 Papua New Guinea
149 Uganda
150 Nepal
151 Kyrgystan
152 Togo
153 Turkmenistan
154 Tajikistan
155 Zimbabwe
156 Tanzania
157 Djibouti
158 Eritrea
159 Madagascar
160 Vietnam
161 Guinea
162 Mauritania
163 Mali
164 Cameroon
165 Laos
166 Congo
167 North Korea
168 Namibia
169 Botswana
170 Niger
171 Equatorial Guinea
172 Rwanda
173 Afghanistan
174 Cambodia
175 South Africa
176 Guinea-Bissau
177 Swaziland
178 Chad
179 Somalia
180 Ethiopia
181 Angola
182 Zambia
183 Lesotho
184 Mozambique
185 Malawi
186 Liberia
187 Nigeria
188 Democratic Republic of the Congo
189 Central African Republic
190 Myanmar

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Oscar Pistorius Trial : ` Reeva Steenkamp was Shot in Rapid Fire Differing from Police Ballistics '

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – April 16 – (BBC) – The girlfriend of Oscar Pistorius was shot in quick succession as she fell down, a forensics expert has told the South African athlete’s murder trial.


This differs from a police ballistics witness who said there was short break between the first and second shots.

Mr Pistorius denies intentionally killing Ms Steenkamp in early hours of Valentine’s Day last year.

He says he fired rapidly in fear through the toilet door after he mistook Ms Steenkamp for an intruder.

The prosecution says the 29-year-old model and law graduate was deliberately killed after the couple had an argument.

The double amputee Olympic and Paralympic athlete faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.

The trial has been adjourned until Thursday, which will be the last day before a break; proceedings will resume on Monday 5 May.

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Oscar Pistorius Trial: ` Murder Trial Jury gets to see the Valentines Card which he gave to his Girlfriend '

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – April 15 – (BBC) – The Oscar Pistorius murder trial has seen a Valentine’s card which his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp had intended to give him before he shot her dead.

The South African Olympic sprinter read the poem to the court after five days of gruelling cross-examination.

Earlier, he said he was “heartbroken” when he saw her body in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last February.

Mr Pistorius denies murder, saying he fired through a door in fear, believing there was an intruder behind it.

It has been exhausting just to watch Oscar Pistorius – doubled up on the ropes for hour after hour, heavy arms trying to fend off another clinical combination of lethal jabs and low blows from prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

As the athlete finally slinks wearily back across the court from the witness stand to the dock, he must know that the last five days have done him few favours in this trial.

He has been forgetful, evasive, agitated, uncertain, argumentative, and defiantly – some would say deliberately – ambiguous about some of the key issues at the heart of this murder trial. However well his forensic experts proceed to shore up his testimony in the coming days, his credibility has been damaged.

I have been fending off emails from members of the public anxious to unearth some “smoking gun” detail that can resolve this case once and for all.

But the reality, from my vantage point in the public gallery here, is that there is no “smoking gun” – besides the obviously literal one.

The prosecution says he deliberately shot dead Ms Steenkamp, a 29-year-old model and law graduate, after the couple had had an argument.

He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted of premeditated murder.

Mr Pistorius’ defence lawyer Barry Roux presented to the court the Valentine card which Ms Steenkamp had got the athlete.

The double-amputee sprinter, 27, read it out in a trembling voice.

The front of the card reads: “Roses are red, violets are blue…”

Inside, she had written: “I think today is a good day to tell you that, I love you.”

Ms Steenkamp was shot dead in the early hours of Valentine’s Day – before they had opened each other’s cards and gifts.

The athlete has previously told the court he only opened the card on Ms Steenkamp’s birthday, in August 2013.

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Oscar Pistorius Trial : ` Prosecutor `Suggested South African Athlete is Using his Emotions ' as an Escape '

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – April 14 – (BBC) – The prosecutor at the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has suggested the South African athlete is using his emotions “as an escape”.

He broke down in tears four times on Monday and has also vomited in court.

“Now you trying to be emotional and it’s not working,” said prosecutor Gerrie Nel.

Mr Pistorius admits killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February last year, but says he fired his gun after mistaking her for an intruder.

Mr Nel said the Olympic sprinter, 27, had deliberately shot Ms Steenkamp, a model, after the couple had had an argument.

As the prosecutor resumed his cross-examination on Monday, he accused Mr Pistorius of “tailoring his evidence” as he went along to suit the defence case, which had been “concocted”.

“Your version of events is untrue,” Mr Nel said.

The prosecutor said the fact that a pair of Ms Steenkamp’s jeans was lying on the floor showed that she was in the middle of getting dressed in order to leave Mr Pistorius’ house when she was shot after the couple had argued in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 2013.

This, too, was denied.

The sprinter also started sobbing as he recalled shouting at the burglars he thought were in his house.

When asked why he broke down, Mr Pistorius said: “I am traumatised” by the events of that night.

Read More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-27018395

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` Oscar Pistorius has Told the Jury that his Girlfriend did not Scream or Shout as he was Grabbing the Gun and Fired Shots that Killed Her '

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – April 11 – (BBC) – Oscar Pistorius has told his murder trial that girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp did not scream or shout as he grabbed a gun and fired shots that killed her.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel said it was “improbable” that she would stand in the bathroom saying nothing while Mr Pistorius was just 3m (10ft) away shouting at her to call the police.

Mr Pistorius said he could not explain why she had not shouted out.

The athlete, 27, denies murder saying the killing was a terrible accident.

He admits killing Ms Steenkamp but says he fired his gun after mistaking her for an intruder.

He believed she had been in bed when he grabbed his gun, made his way to the bathroom and fired shots through the door.

The prosecution says he deliberately killed her after an argument.

On the third day of his cross-examination, Mr Nel pressed the South African Olympic sprinter to explain the final moments leading up to the shooting.

He asked why he had not checked whether Ms Steenkamp had heard his calls for her to phone the police, or why he had not taken her to safety instead of going to confront the supposed intruder.

Mr Pistorius said it was his personality to confront what he believed was an intruder.

The trial has been adjourned until Monday morning.

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` Oscar Pistorius Breaks Down and Apologises to his Girlfriends Parents as he gives his Evidence '

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – SOUTH AFRICA – April 08 – (BN24) – Pretoria – Murder accused Oscar Pistorius was frantic to break down a toilet door to see if who he had shot was his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria heard on Tuesday.

“At that time all I wanted to do was just look inside to see if it was Reeva,” he said, crying.

Pistorius was recalling events of the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year when he shot Steenkamp through the locked toilet door of his Pretoria home.

He said after he shot four times at the door, he did not know what to do.

As Pistorius went over the events, he spoke using his hands.

The closer he got to telling the court how he found out it was Steenkamp in the toilet cubicle, the more emotional he became.

He said he looked for Steenkamp in the bedroom, but could not find her. He put on his prosthetic legs and ran to the bathroom, putting his firearm on the carpet.

He said he kicked the door, and then went to the bedroom to fetch his cricket bat. At the time, the lights were on in the bathroom.

“The lights were on at that stage. I remember it was when I kicked the door,” an emotional Pistorius said.

He said he hit the door three times then took a big plank and threw it at the door.

Then he saw Steenkamp.

“At that point, all I wanted to do was climb into the toilet,” he said.

“I unlocked the door… And I sat over Reeva and I cried. I don’t know how long I was there,” he said, breaking down.

His sister Aimee also burst into tears in court.

Judge Thokozile Masipa adjourned the court for the athlete to compose himself.

As court adjourned, Pistorius sat crying out loud. Aimee rushed to his side and hugged him, followed by his brother Carl and other relatives.

Pistorius is on trial for the murder of Steenkamp, who was shot through the locked toilet door of his Pretoria home on 14 February last year.

He says he mistook her for an intruder.

He has pleaded not guilty and in his plea statement denied he had argued with her shortly before the shooting.

He also faces two charges related to contravening the Firearms Control Act, to which he has denied guilt.

Ace Related News: April 07 – #AceNewsServices – PRETORIA – April 07 – (ALJ) – South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius has taken the witness stand in his own defence at his murder trial, saying the shooting of his girlfriend had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares.http://wp.me/p165ui-4GG

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` Shrien Dewani Loses his Appeal not be Extradited to South Africa for Ordering the Murder of his Wife ‘

#AceNewsServices – April 07 – LONDON – (Telegraph) reports that Shrien Dewani, the British man accused of organising the murder of his wife on their honeymoon, is due to be extradited to South Africa.
The 33 year-old millionaire care home owner is expected to board a direct flight from London on Monday night, arriving in Cape Town on Tuesday morning.

It is understood he will then be driven straight to the Western Cape High Court for a formal bail application, three-and-a-half years after his Swedish wife Anni, 28, was shot as the couple’s taxi was apparently car-jacked in the Gugulethu township in November 2010.

Mr Dewani has been fighting his extradition to South Africa, with his legal team arguing he was too ill to be extradited and would be a high suicide risk as he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.

But in January, Dewani, who has been detained in the UK under the Mental Health Act, lost his High Court bid to block his extradition to South Africa.

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` Oscar Pistorius returns to court and `Takes the Stand in his Own Defence ‘ at his Murder Trial ‘

#AceNewsServices – PRETORIA – April 07 – (ALJ) – South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius has taken the witness stand in his own defence at his murder trial, saying the shooting of his girlfriend had left him sleepless, terrified and plagued by nightmares.


Pistorius has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and three firearms-related offences [AP]

At the trial on Monday, he also apologised to the mother of Reeva Steenkamp in the public gallery, saying he fired four shots through a toilet door in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year in the belief that he was defending her from an intruder, Reuters news agency reported.

“I was simply trying to protect Reeva,” he told the court, his weeping voice quavering with emotion.

Pistorius, 27, faces a life sentence in prison if convicted for killing his girlfriend. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and three firearms-related offences.

He said he is taking anti-depressants and sleeping pills.

Prosecutors say Pistorius killed Reeva following an argument, a charge that he denies.

Ace Related News – March 28 – 16.34 GMT – #AceWorldNews – SOUTH AFRICA – PRETORIA – March 28 – The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has been adjourned until Friday until April 7.

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` Oscar Pistorius: ` Murder Trial has been Adjourned until April 7 due to Illness of the one of the Legal Assistant's'

#AceWorldNews – SOUTH AFRICA – PRETORIA – March 28 – The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has been adjourned until Friday until April 7.

The South African Paralympic and Olympic track star is expected to take the stand on that day in his own defence.

Judge Thokozile Masipa postponed proceedings for more than a week due to the illness of one of the legal assistants, Reuters reported.

Prosecutors are arguing the 27-year-old deliberately killed girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the early hours of Valentine’s Day last year by firing four rounds from a 9mm pistol through a closed toilet door.

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Oscar Pistorius Trial: ` Prosecutors ask for Recess to Re-Examine Evidence to Date ‘

#AceWorldNews – Pretoria – South Africa – March 20 – The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial abruptly asked for a recess to “re-examine our case” today after presenting a grim bullet-by-bullet account of what happened when Pistorius fired through a bathroom door, killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

The powerful testimony caused Pistorius to again stick his fingers in his ears as he frequently done during the trial.

The case had been expected to last six weeks and the prosecutor had present the court with a list of 107 potential witnesses. But today prosecutor Gerrie Nel told the High Court in Pretoria that he was about to wrap up his case asked for a recess that would last until Monday.

“We have reached a junction in the trial where the state is wrapping up its evidence,” Nel told the court. “We must look at what the defence version forces us to re-examine our case and our witnesses.”

Nel told the court that he plans to call only four to five more witnesses.

In other news received South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius is selling the house where he shot his girlfriend to pay the legal fees, local media reported Thursday.

In order to pay the legal fees, Oscar Pistorius is selling the house where he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The incident occurred on Saint Valentine’s Day in 2013.

The trial started March 3. Oscar Pistorius pleaded not guilty upon all accusations brought against him. These were intentional homicide and three cases of gun-control legislature breach.

In case Pistorius is found guilty of intentional homicide, the 27-year-old athlete may face a penalty of 25 years to life imprisonment.

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Oscar Pistorius Trial : ` Police Photographs of `Blood Splattered ' scene Indicate Evidence was Moved Around '

#AceWorldNews – PRETORIA – South Africa – Police photographs of the blood-spattered scene where Oscar Pistorius shot dead his girlfriend indicate that evidence was moved around in violation of procedure during the investigation of the killing, the athlete’s chief defence lawyer said Tuesday.

Warrant officer Bennie van Staden, a police photographer, took hundreds of photos of the scene, including of blood stains, bullet casings, a gun and a cricket bat found inside Pistorius’ bathroom in the hours after the double-amputee Olympic runner shot girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp before dawn on Feb. 14 last year.

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