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March 28th, 2013
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Pistorius can travel while awaiting trial

A South African judge lifted the travel ban on athlete Oscar Pistorius, allowing the accused murderer to compete abroad. Judge Bert Bam also ruled that Pistorius can drink alcohol and return to the scene of the crime – his home. He's been living with his uncle since he killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February.

Pistorius' attorney had requested lenient bail conditions so the track star could compete abroad to earn money, possibly for his legal defense. There are restrictions he'll need to comply with that pertain to monitoring his whereabouts. Pistorius will need to give his itinerary to the court a week in advance and surrender his passport within a day after returning to the country.

CNN's Drew Griffin spoke with the victim's uncle, Mike Steenkamp, who says the family won't comment on the recent court proceedings except to say, "We're feeling a little bit lost about that." They've decided not to be present in court for any part of the upcoming trial.

Steenkamp did want to relay the family's sorrow. "This is the time of year we are missing Reeva so much. It's close to Easter and she used to spend every Easter with us," he said.

For more on the case, read Not everyone surprised at Oscar Pistorius' fall from grace

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