New developments in the high-profile case in South Africa.
Police in South Africa confirmed on Thursday that the lead detective in the murder investigation against Oscar Pistorius is himself facing attempted murder charges after a shooting two years ago.
“Yesterday it came to light that the Directorate for Public Prosecution had made the decision to charge the investigating officer as well as two other officers for incident that happened out in 2011,” said Brigadier Neville Malila, a police spokesman.
“This incident happened when the members tried to stop a minibus, and they subsequently followed the minibus and fired a few shots at the minibus. The minibus stopped, there were occupants in it and they were arrested. They were arrested in Kwamhlanga in Umhlanga.
“They appeared before magistrates court on a few occasions. The case was withdrawn against them in 2012. And it was sent to the office of the Director for Public Prosecution for a final decision.
“And late yesterday afternoon the station commander informed us that this decision was now made by the Director for Public Prosecution and it was to prosecute the members for the charge of attempted murder. And seven counts of that. That is for the seven people that were in the minibus taxi.”