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Pistorius will get fair trial, says lawyer who taught judge

March 3rd, 2014
03:09 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Oscar Pistorius, South African Olympian facing murder charges over the death of his girlfriend, will get a fair trial, Mannie Witz, a lawyer who served as teacher to the judge in the case, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

“I think it’s very, very important – not only to South Africa, but also for the whole world – to see that we’ve got a very, very good justice system,” Witz said from Pretoria, where Pistorius’ trial began Monday.

Pistorius faces one charge of premeditated murder and a firearms charge associated with Steenkamp's killing, as well as two separate gun indictments from 2012.

“Knowing the judge in this particular matter, I think that should ensure that he does get a fair trial,” Witz said. “She follows the rules, she follows the procedure, and I’ve got no doubt that in regards to all the parties – they’re very experienced, they’re very, very well-versed experienced.”

The trial of Oscar PIstorius

Click above to watch Amanpour’s full interview with Witz.

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