Johannesburg - Prosecutors in South Africa said Thursday
they would launch a new legal push for a tougher sentence for Paralympic star
Oscar Pistorius, who was jailed for six years for murdering his girlfriend.
The National Prosecution Authority said it will file papers
on Friday to seek permission to appeal against the term handed down by a High
Court in July.
"I have been advised by the prosecutors that they are
filing their papers tomorrow petitioning the Supreme Court of Appeal for leave
to appeal," NPA spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku told AFP.
He did not give details of the grounds for the appeal.
Prosecutor Gerrie Nel last month argued in court that the
six-year sentence -- less than half the minimum 15-year sentence for murder in
South Africa -- was "shockingly lenient".
Also read: Oscar Pistorius sentenced to 6 years in prison for murder
The prosecution is directly petitioning the Supreme Court of
Appeal following last month's rejection by the High Court of their application
for permission to appeal.
Pistorius, 29, shot Reeva Steenkamp, a model and law
graduate, in the early hours of Valentine's Day in 2013, saying he mistook her
for a burglar when he fired four times through the door of his bedroom toilet.
He was originally convicted of a lesser charge of culpable
homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter, in 2014.
But an appeals court upgraded his conviction to murder in
December last year.For
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