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Pistorius brother in court over deadly crash

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The older brother of South African star sprinter Oscar Pistorius appeared in court on Wednesday to face charges over a deadly road crash five years ago.

Carl Pistorius, 28, faces charges of culpable homicide after a 2008 road accident in which a 36-year-old woman motorcyclist was killed.

His appearance comes a day before his Paralympian hero brother makes a court challenge to the stringent bail conditions imposed on him after the Valentine's Day killing of his model girlfriend.

Among the bail conditions imposed on Pistorius last month is the surrender of his passport, making it impossible for him o travel outside the country, and mandatory drug and alcohol tests.

The athlete known as "Blade Runner" is also banned from returning to his upmarket gated home in Pretoria, where he shot his lover Reeva Steenkamp on February 14.

The 26-year-old, who became the first double amputee to compete against able-bodied athletes in the Olympic Games last year in London, is currently out on bail of one million rand ($108,000, 84,000 euros).

Wednesday hearing of Carl Pistorius's case opened with arguments over an application by the public broadcaster SABC to be allowed to run live broadcast of the proceedings.

Magistrate Buks du Plessis dismissed the application.

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