Karabus to wait two more weeks

2013-03-22 08:39

Prof Cyril Karabus will have to wait before returning home as the prosecution in United Arab Emirates has 14 days to appeal his court ruling.

Karabus’s legal team was optimistic and believed an appeal was highly unlikely following the UAE’s court findings yesterday.

He was found not guilty on charges of manslaughter and falsifying documents after the death of a three-year-old cancer patient in his care, The Star reported today.

He was convicted in absentia and sentenced to three years in jail.

Speaking from Abu Dhabi after hearing his fate, Karabus told the newspaper he was feeling “much better”.

“I’m very happy about it. It has been a long and a hard time.”

Karabus (77) who has a heart condition and suffered angina attacks last week, wants to leave UAE “as soon as possible”.

But he was told he may have to wait up to two weeks, and said that as far as speeding up procedures was concerned, “you cannot push anyone in this country”.

International relations department spokesman Clayson Monyela said on Thursday: “As the South African government we are quite pleased that finally he is a free man.”

Karabus is an emeritus professor at the University of Cape Town and a specialist paediatric oncologist.

Unaware of the charges and sentence, he was arrested and charged in Dubai on August 18 last year, while in transit on his return to South Africa from Toronto, in Canada, where he had attended his son’s wedding.

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