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UCT supports former prof held in UAE

2012-09-26 10:07

Cape Town - The University of Cape Town (UCT) is supporting a former staff member arrested in the United Arab Emirates in connection with the death, a decade ago, of one of his patients, it was reported on Wednesday.

The Cape Times reported that Emeritus Associate Prof Cyril Karabus was detained in August while in transit through Dubai, from the United Kingdom to South Africa.

UCT vice chancellor Max Price said Karabus was being held on charges of manslaughter and falsifying documents, for the 2002 death of a girl who had a cancer of the blood.

"In that year, Prof Karabus spent about five weeks as a locum at the Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre in Abu Dhabi, and during this time he treated the young girl, who later died as a result of her illness," he told the newspaper.

According to the report, he was tried and convicted in absentia in the UAE criminal courts. His sentence included a three-and-a-half jail term plus payment of compensation.

Price described the professor as "an international expert in the field of paediatric oncology and haematology".

The university and the health sciences faculty were assisting the family behind the scenes, and had also launched an online petition and a Facebook page.