Karabus finally on his way home

2013-05-17 07:25
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Karabus to land at noon

2013-05-17 10:20

Professor Cyril Karabus is expected to set foot on South African land today after he was detained in the UAE since 18 August.WATCH

Cape Town - South African doctor Cyril Karabus is expected to arrive home on Friday after he had problems with his visa in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

EWN reported on Friday morning that Karabus had boarded a direct flight from Dubai in the early hours of the morning.

His lawyer, Michael Bagraim, said he would "hopefully arrive back in Cape Town around noon".

The Emirates flight is expected to touch down at 11:40.

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.


Karabus was acquitted on 21 March, and won a subsequent appeal. His return to South Africa was delayed because he was on the UAE's database as a fugitive from justice.

Karabus then needed to get his passport back from the relevant authorities, but there were administrative delays, which Bagraim said Karabus found "frustrating".

On Tuesday afternoon Karabus received his passport, but his visa was issued with the incorrect date of his entry into the UAE.

This meant that if his passport and visa were compared, it would appear that Karabus had been in the country illegally for a period of time.

Bagraim said that after the long wait for Karabus's return, which suffered a number of setbacks, he would wait until the doctor was back in South Africa before he "drew breath".

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