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As questions arise about his claims against Oscar Pistorius, the lead officer in the athlete’s case is facing some serious troubles of his own. Detective Hilton Botha has been charged with seven counts of attempted murder, the BBC reports. The charges had been dropped after a 2011 arrest; yesterday, they were leveled again, Sky News reports. According to Sky, Botha has been dropped from the Pistorius case, but the BBC and AP suggest that isn’t certain.
Botha’s arrest came after he and two other officers in a government vehicle allegedly opened fire on a packed minibus. They were said to be drunk. Given the charges, “we can take action and see if we remove him from the investigation or if he stays,” says a rep for Pistorius’ prosecutors. They didn’t know about Botha’s charges when he took the witness stand, they say. Botha is due for a court date in May, a police rep says.
UPDATE: At this writing South African police have decided to keep Botha on the Pistorius case, at least for now.