Pretoria: A South African judge ruled Tuesday that most of Oscar Pistorius's trial for the 2013 murder of his girlfriend can be broadcast live, but not the Paralympian's own testimony. Judge Dunstan Mlambo said cameras would be allowed "to obtain a video and audio recording" of opening arguments, the evidence of state witnesses, closing arguments and the verdict and sentencing. But cameras will not be allowed to film Pistorius, witnesses for the defence, or anyone else who objects to appearing on camera, he added. A live audio broadcast will be allowed throughout the trial, which is due to open on Monday. (Also read: Pistorius surfed porn websites before girlfriend was shot)
The ruling sets the stage for a court case that is likely to garner worldwide attention and which has already drawn parallels with the trial of disgraced American footballer OJ Simpson.
With the full glare of the world's media bearing down upon him, the 27-year-old South African sprinter will appear in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria to hear one charge of murder and three firearms charges. Pistorius is accused of the Valentine's Day murder of his girlfriend, model Reeva Steenkamp.