Nike suspends contract with Pistorius

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February 21, 2013, 6:00 am
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(AP/NECN: Justin Michaels) - Nike says it has suspended its contract with Oscar Pistorius. The news comes as the prosecution's lead investigator himself faces seven counts of attempted murder.

Nike released a statement that reads: "We believe Oscar Pistorius should be afforded due process and we will continue to monitor the situation closely."

South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority acknowledged that the timing of attempted murder charges against a police detective leading the investigation into Oscar Pistorius is "totally weird" and that he should dropped from the case against the world-famous athlete.
 
Bulewa Makeke, spokeswoman for the NPA, said Thursday that detective Hilton Botha should be replaced, but that it's a decision for police and not prosecutors.
 
Police said Thursday that Botha, who gave testimony Wednesday opposing Pistorius' application for bail, faces attempted murder charges in connection with a 2011 shooting incident.
 
Police said Botha and two other police officers had fired at a minibus and will appear in court in May to face seven counts of attempted murder.
 
Pistorius is charged with premeditated murder in the Valentine's Day shooting of his girlfriend.

Pistorius' Attorney released the following statement:

"The poor quality of the evidence offered by investigative officer Botha exposed the disastrous shortcomings of the state's case."

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Tags: Olympics, nike, murder, Olympian, athlete, Justin Michaels, Oscar Pistorius, Reeva Steenkamp, pre-meditated murder, Hilton Botha, Bulewa Makeke, NPA
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