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New detective assigned to Pistorius case

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South African police assigned a top new detective Thursday to take over the bungled Oscar Pistorius investigation after it emerged the lead officer faced seven charges of attempted murder, dramatically undermining the prosecution against the sprint star. 

South African Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius appears on February 21, 2013 at the Magistrate Court in Pretoria. South African police assigned a top new detective Thursday to take over the bungled Oscar Pistorius investigation after it emerged the lead officer faced seven charges of attempted murder, dramatically undermining the prosecution case against the sprint star.

"We recognise the significance, the importance and the severity of the matter," police commissioner Riah Phiyega said as she announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Vineshkumar Moonoo. "This matter will receive attention at the national level."

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