South African authorities deny issuing arrest warrant for Pistorius

Fri Dec 4, 2015 1:11pm EST
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JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African authorities on Friday denied issuing a warrant of arrest for Oscar Pistorius, who was convicted on appeal of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, rejecting an earlier report by a local television station.

"It is not the case," Luvuyo Mfaku told Reuters. "No such warrant has been issued."

The Supreme Court on Thursday upgraded the 29-year-old athlete's sentence to murder from "culpable homicide", South Africa's equivalent of manslaughter, for which he had received a five-year sentence. A murder conviction normally carries a minimum 15-year jail sentence.

(Reporting by James Macharia; Editing by Catherine Evans)

Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria in this May 6, 2014 file photo. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/Files