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Pistorius family: We will not be distracted, time to focus on 'very serious trial'

FILE: In this Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 Oscar Pistorius, centre, arrives outside the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa where he was indicted on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. With his athletic triumphs tarnished by the killing Pistorius, now 27, faces possibly being sent to prison until he is older than 50. Pistorius goes on trial Monday March 3, 2014. (AP Photo-File)

FILE: In this Monday, Aug. 19, 2013 Oscar Pistorius, centre, arrives outside the magistrates court in Pretoria, South Africa where he was indicted on charges of murder and illegal possession of ammunition for the shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. With his athletic triumphs tarnished by the killing Pistorius, now 27, faces possibly being sent to prison until he is older than 50. Pistorius goes on trial Monday March 3, 2014. (AP Photo-File)  (The Associated Press)

Oscar Pistorius' family says they will not be distracted by any "extraneous issues" as the spotlight shines intensely on the double-amputee Olympian just days before his murder trial.

Pistorius' family said in a statement Saturday that the legal process "must now be allowed to unfold" and they will limit their public comments on the trial.

The statement, attributed to Pistorius' uncle Arnold Pistorius, says "the focus is now entirely on a very serious trial that is set to start this Monday. We love Oscar, and believe in him, and will be standing by him throughout the coming trial."

Pistorius is charged with premeditated murder in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Feb. 14 last year. He faces a possible life sentence with 25 years before parole if convicted.