Karabus case postponed again

2013-04-23 13:11

The appeal case of local doctor Cyril Karabus in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been postponed, the department of international relations and cooperation said.

Spokesperson Clayson Monyela said today the case would be heard on Monday.

He said while the government respected the independence of the UAE’s judiciary, it believed Karabus’s right to a fair trial was being violated.

“We are disappointed that the judicial authorities in the UAE have once again seen it fit to further prolong the stressful ordeal that Prof Karabus has been going through since August 2012,” said deputy minister Marius Fransman.

“The South African government will continue to raise its concerns through the relevant diplomatic channels with the government of the UAE.”

The 78-year-old South African paediatric oncologist has been detained in the UAE since August 18, after being sentenced in absentia for the death of a Yemeni girl he treated for leukaemia in 2002.

He was acquitted on the charge on March 21, but was not allowed to leave the country as the prosecutor appealed the decision.

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