South Africa's Department of Corrections announced the release of athlete Oscar Pistorius, who has been in prison for nine years for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. 

In the statement of the institution, it was noted that South African Paralympic athlete Pistorius was released from prison on parole and is now at home.

The world-renowned double amputee Olympic runner had served his sentence at the Atteridgeville Correctional Center in the capital Pretoria. 

Pistorius, who made history as the first Paralympic athlete to participate in the Olympics, was tried for the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home in Pretoria on February 14, 2013.

 Pistorius was initially convicted of "negligent homicide", which was later changed to "premeditated but unplanned murder".

In connection with this, the South African Supreme Court of Appeal reviewed Pistorius' sentence, which had previously been sentenced to 6 years in prison, after an appeal by prosecutors, and in 2017 increased his prison term to 13 years and 5 months.

Pistorius, who was approved for parole in November 2023 and is now 37 years old, has spent nearly nine years in prison.

In South Africa, serious criminals are eligible for parole after serving at least half of their sentence.