‘I’m innocent!’ UAE ordeal ends for Karabus

2013-03-22 00:00

CAPE TOWN — “I’m innocent! I can come home!”

Professor Cyril Karabus (77) is on his way home after being caught up in a legal drama in Abu Dhabi for seven months.

In an exclusive interview with sister paper Die Burger yesterday, Karabus said: “I can’t wait to come back, but I’m afraid I don’t know when it will be.”

Earlier this week, a medical board exonerated him, finding that Karabus did all in his power to save the life of a child patient in 2002.

The specialist paediatric oncologist was tried in absentia in 2003 in connection with the three-year-old’s death from leukaemia, while working in the United Arab Emirates.

He was detained in Dubai last August while in transit from Canada and had been under house arrest.

Yesterday, the medical board’s finding was ratified by a judge, ending the emeritus professor’s ordeal.

On Tuesday, Karabus was summoned to court to hear the board finding, and was told he did not have to attend yesterday’s session.

He said: “I thought it would be good to go. I stood there and then the judge said I was innocent.”

The state has 14 days to appeal, but Karabus’s lawyer in Cape Town, Michael Bagraim, said it had indicated it would not.

He said Karabus would hopefully be back home in time for the Jewish Passover holiday.

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