Karabus has to submit to UAE law - dept

2013-03-28 21:03
Cyril Karabus (Picture: Rapport)

Cyril Karabus (Picture: Rapport)

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Johannesburg - Professor Cyril Karabus has no choice but to submit to the UAE's legal process, the dept of international relations said on Thursday, after it emerged that he will not be allowed to come back to South Africa yet.

A UAE court had last week acquitted Karabus of manslaughter and of falsifying documents after the death of a 3-year-old Yemeni girl he treated for leukaemia in 2002, and the elderly specialist paediatric oncologist had hoped to be back home for his 78th birthday on 1 April.

But the prosecution there, who had 14 days to appeal the ruling, have decided to do so, keeping Karabus in the UAE indefinitely.

International relations department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said that the appeal was a legal process to which Karabus would have to submit

"We have been notified that there is an intention to appeal the courts decision. Legally speaking he won't be able to leave the country [until this process is completed]," said departmental

He confirmed that the UAE authorities would keep Karabus's passport pending the outcome of the appeal.

Karabus, who is an emeritus professor at the University of Cape Town and a specialist paediatric oncologist, was charged and sentenced in absentia.

On 18 August , he was arrested in Dubai while in transit to South Africa from Toronto, Canada, where he had attended his son's wedding.

Monyela said Karabus and his family were being given consular assistance.

"The appeal does not change the fact that [a UAE] medical review committee has absolved him of any responsibility for the death."

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