Conflict & Justice

South African Track Star Oscar Pistorius is Out on Bail

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Oscar Pistorius is pictured through a car window as he leaves court after he was granted bail February 22, 2013. Pistorius left a Pretoria magistrates court on Friday after the South African athletics star was granted bail of $113,000 on charges of murdering his girlfriend. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: CRIME LAW POLITICS SPORT ATHLETICS) - RTR3E4O5

Friday was another tense day in the Oscar Pistorius murder case.

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All week, a judge in Pretoria has been listening to the defense and prosecution argue over whether or not the double-amputee track star should be granted bail.

Friday, Judge Desmond Nair finally delivered his verdict.

Ultimately, Nair said, the prosecution failed to establish Pistorius as a flight risk – or that he's too violent to be out on bail.

He released Pistorius on bail, set at one million rand, or about $113,000.

Pistorius was also ordered to stay away from witnesses and from his house – where he shot his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Rian Malan is a writer based in Johannesburg, best known for his memoir "My Traitor's Heart," which focuses on racial relations in South Africa.

He says public opinion about Pistorius has shifted over the past couple of days.

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