SA doctor could return home soon

By Drum Digital
22 April 2013

Local doctor Prof Cyril Karabus could soon be free to leave the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and return to South Africa, it was reported on Monday.

His Cape Town lawyer Michael Bagraim told the Cape Argus prosecutors had indicated for the first time that they wanted to end Karabus's court matter.

"Our attorneys, in consultation with the prosecution, said they believed everything would be over on Tuesday," he said.

The 78-year-old 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 recently acquitted of the charge, but was not allowed to leave the country as the prosecutor appealed the court decision.

According to the report, he was due to appear in the Abu Dhabi court on Tuesday.

"The prosecution would have to say whether they firstly are appealing. Secondly, if they do intend to appeal, they would have to give the reasons why," Bagraim said.

"Our attorneys strongly believe he would be able to fly back by Wednesday and we are hoping this is the case."

The Health Professions Council of SA and other international associations have called for Karabus's release.

-by Sapa

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