Pistorius allowed to travel outside South Africa

Johannesburg, Mar 28 (EFE).- A tribunal in Pretoria on Thursday eased the bail restrictions imposed on Oscar Pistorius, returning the double-amputee track star's passport so he can travel outside the country, South African news agency Sapa reported.

"I find no reason why Pistorius should be forbidden from leaving (South Africa) if he's invited to compete in athletic events in other countries," Judge Bert Bam said.

Pistorius, charged with premeditated murder in the Feb. 14 shooting death of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp, was not present at the hearing.

The South African 400-meter sprinter, known as the "Blade Runner" for the pair of carbon-fiber prosthetics he wears below both knees during his races, may travel abroad but he must inform his attorney a week in advance and provide a detailed itinerary.

The ruling also removes a requirement that the defendant inform the police twice a week of his whereabouts and allows him to return to his home in Pretoria where the shooting occurred.

The body of the 29-year-old Steenkamp was found with several gunshot wounds at the home of the 26-year-old track athlete's residence.

Prosecutors accuse Pistorius of premeditated murder, which is punishable by life in prison.

Pistorius acknowledges firing four times through his bathroom door and killing Steenkamp in the wee hours of Valentine's Day, but says he mistook her for an intruder.

The athlete made history last August at the London Games, becoming the first double leg amputee to participate in the Olympics.