Re: Oscar Pistorius (The Double Amputee Olympic Sprinter) allegedly killed his gf
Pistorius is facing financial ruin over the upcoming murder trial.
"The family doesn't deny that Oscar's legal expenses are massive and that he has sold off some of his investments, including his racehorses," said the statement.
"Oscar will evaluate the cost situation on a day-to-day basis and make decisions as required."
Pistorius' lawyers filed an appeal in a South African court against bail restrictions imposed on the disabled athlete, according to papers released by the Pistorius family.
"The conditions appealed against are unwarranted and not substantiated by the facts," said the appeal, which was filed in Pretoria, the South African capital.
State prosecutors said they would contest the Pistorius appeal, though a court date on the matter had not yet been set.
"As the state, we are going to oppose that application," said Medupe Simasiku, regional spokesman for the National Prosecuting Authority, to The Associated Press.
The appeal reflected the robust defense strategy of lawyers for Pistorius, who has been staying at his uncle Arnold's home in a Pretoria suburb since he was released on bail on Feb. 22.
It is a delicate balance because the Pistorius family has also sought to keep a low profile, expressing sorrow for the death of Steenkamp.
Officials will visit Pistorius at his uncle's home at least four times a month, according to James Smalberger, chief deputy commissioner of the department of correctional services, who spoke to The Associated Press last month.
"He's not under house arrest, but his movements need to be known to us so that we don't pitch there and he's not there," Smalberger had said.
"We agree on 'free time' normally during the course of the day, and in the evening we expect him to be home."
Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair had set bail at 1 million rand ($113,000). The 26-year-old track star was also ordered to turn in any guns he owns, and cannot leave the district of Pretoria without his probation officer's permission.