South African prosecutors file appeal against Oscar Pistorius conviction and sentence.

Oscar Pistorius

State prosecutors in South Africa have filed an appeal against the conviction and sentence given to athlete Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend.

Last month, Pistorius began serving a five year prison sentence for the culpable homicide of Reeva Steenkamp, although he could be out in 10 months.

The double-amputee Olympic sprinter was cleared of murder.

“The appeal on conviction is based on the question of law,” the National Prosecuting Authority spokesman said.

NPA spokesman Nathi Mncube said the state’s appeal papers had been filed with the registrar of the North Gauteng High Court.

“This means that the matter is now officially sub judice and consequently the NPA will not be able to discuss the matter publicly until judgment is delivered by the court,” he said in a statement.

No further details have been given to explain the grounds for the appeal.

Pistorius is currently serving his sentence in the hospital section of Pretoria’s Kgosi Mampuru II jail.

He can apply to serve the rest of his sentence under house arrest after 10 months in prison.

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