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Prosecutor says Pistorius knows jail term 'almost guaranteed'

Published on Feb 22, 2013 5:03 PM
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South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria on Friday, Feb 22, 2013. The lead lawyer prosecuting Pistorius on murder charges on Friday told a bail hearing the sprinter knows a long spell in jail is "almost guaranteed" and is a flight risk. -- PHOTO: AFP

PRETORIA (AFP) - The lead lawyer prosecuting Oscar Pistorius on murder charges on Friday told a bail hearing the sprinter knows a long spell in jail is "almost guaranteed" and is a flight risk.

"He hasn't said so, but he must think that conviction is likely," said lead prosecutor Gerrie Nel. "He must realise that a long term of imprisonment is almost guaranteed."