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PRETORIA, South Africa — South Africa’s police head has appointed its top detective as the new lead investigator in the Oscar Pistorius murder case.

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The decision came after it emerged the initial investigator, Hilton Botha, was facing attempted murder charges. He has not been suspended from the police, according to local reports.

National Commissioner Riah Phiyega says Lt. Gen. Vinesh Moonoo will take over the investigation.

Phiyega says the Pistorius case “shall receive attention at the national level” and Moonoo will “gather a team of highly skilled and experience detectives.”

She says Moonoo is the South Africa police’s “top detective.”

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Botha, who took the stand against Pistorius at the Paralympic and Olympic track star’s bail hearing earlier this week, is due to appear before a judge in May over the 2011 shooting, police spokesman…

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