Feb. 25 - A South African judge rules that the murder trial of Olympic and track star Oscar Pistorius will be televised. Gavino Garay reports.
A South African judge has ruled that the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius will be televised to the world. The 27-year-old Olympic and Paralympic athlete, a double-amputee commonly referred to as "blade runner," has admitted to shooting his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, at his Pretoria home on Valentine's Day of last year. But he also has said that it was it was a terrible accident, and that he had mistaken her for an intruder. A representative from Primedia Broadcasting called the decision to televise the trial a "victory." (SOUNDBITE) (English) PRIMEDIA BROADCASTING REPRESENTATIVE, YUSUF ABRAMJEE, SAYING: "We believe the decision today will go a long way in bringing the trial not only to the people of South Africa but people across the world. We know that the Oscar trial has interest in every corner of the world and come Monday we will ensure that the sound and the visuals are made available and we believe it's the beginning for our court to really change their mindset. So this is a victory, this is a real victory for our courts and the people of South Africa." The Paralympian's legal team opposed broadcasting the trail, on the basis that it would be intrusive. But local media argue that it ought to be televised under the freedom of information principles of the country's constitution. The trial is slated to begin March 3.