TODAY   |  March 28, 2013

Defense: Pistorius wants freedom to travel

Olympian Oscar Pistorius has not been seen since he left a South Africa courtroom in February, holed up in his uncle’s mansion. His defense is now asking the judge to allow him to travel outside the country. NBC’s Michelle Kosinski reports.

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>>> story that's breaking in south africa right now. lawyers for oscar pistorius in court fighting for bail restrictions in his murder case. michelle kosinski from london. what's the latest?

>> reporter: hi, savannah, we just had the ruling. and this is a small courtroom victory for oscar pistorius , he is accused of premeditated murder , but was asking for the court for more freedom while he's out on bail, including being able to travel. well, the judge just agreed with him, even criticizing all of the restrictions imposed upon him by the lower court . oscar pistorius ' case is back in court, but he did not appear as he did in february. he has not been spotted once since then when a judge deemed him not a flight risk or dangerous and set him free. he's been staying at his uncle's gated mansion.

>> we know he's not doing very well. i know from his defense team insisting he see a psychologist. apparently he wanders around the house and tells his family constantly pray for reeva.

>> reporter: calling them unwarranted and not substantiated by the facts. they think he should be able to travel, even outside the country with permission to no longer be under close supervision of jail officials who expect him to report where he is during the day and to be home at night. they think it's unfair he must submit to drug and alcohol testing. and he wants to speak to his neighbors again and return to his home. that's where oscar pistorius shot his girlfriend to death early valentine's day morning through a locked bathroom door. he says he thought she was an intruder. prosecutors call it premeditated murder . at the same time, pistorius' brother carl is on trial for homicide. he denies he was driving recklessly. so now with this ruling, pistorius will be able to travel. he'll have to give the court his itinerary a week beforehand. the judge says, look, we deemed him not a flight risk, saying some of the original restrictions didn't serve any purpose. matt?

>> all right, michelle kosinski in london this morning. thanks very much.