Police took photos of Pistorius on cell phones

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05:41 PM April 16th, 2013

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April 16th, 2013 05:41 PM

Oscar Pistorius. AP FILE PHOTO

STELLENBOSCH, South Africa— South African police confiscated 49 cell phones after officers used them to photograph of Oscar Pistorius when he was first arrested following the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

In a written reply to a question in parliament, police minister Nathi Mthethwa said four “official” cell phones and 45 private cell phones were taken from officers and could be used as evidence in possible disciplinary proceedings against them.

Mthethwa did not reveal how many police officers had taken photos of Pistorius, but said they were taken while the athlete was being transported between court and Boschkop police station, where he was initially held.

Without naming Pistorius, Mthethwa’s reply said confiscating the phones was necessary “after it came to light that photos were taken of a high profile individual who had been arrested.”

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