SA govt wants Karabus appeal dropped

2013-04-22 16:23
Prof. Cyril Karabus

Prof. Cyril Karabus

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Johannesburg - The government urged on Monday that the appeal, in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), against the release of local doctor Prof Cyril Karabus be dropped at his next appearance.

"We are hopeful, therefore, that tomorrow's [Tuesday] [court] hearing [in the UAE] will not culminate in a further postponement," Deputy International Relations Minister Marius Fransman told reporters.

"It is now really time for the professor to be reunited with his family. The South African government trusts that justice will prevail..."

Speaking in Johannesburg, Fransman said Karabus would appear in court on Tuesday for a second time in his appeal case.

The 78-year-old paediatric oncologist has been detained in the UAE since 18 August, 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 21 March, but was not allowed to leave the country as the prosecutor appealed the court decision.

The appeal would be heard in the Abu Dhabi court on Tuesday.

Fransman said he travelled to Abu Dhabi on 3 March and to Dubai on 17 March to engage with authorities on the case.

"As a democratic state, we do respect the sovereignty and the independence of the judicial system of the UAE," Fransman said.

"We call on them to withdraw the appeal."

He said Karabus was "strong" under the circumstances, but that this did not mean there were not difficulties with his health.
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