Karabus in shock after ruling - lawyer

2013-04-24 19:02

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Doctor Cyril Karabus is in "a bit of shock" after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) lost its appeal against his earlier acquittal, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

"The doctor is not feeling good, he is in a bit of shock as the decision took him by surprise," lawyer Michael Bagraim said.

"His health is not that good so Karabus is lying down after hearing the good news."

Bagraim said the appeal was heard on Tuesday and the judge indicated the verdict would be on Monday, 29 April.

The court phoned the attorneys in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday morning to say the judge reached a decision and wanted to deliver it earlier.

"The judge decided to not grant the State's appeal and said Karabus is not guilty on all the charges," Bagraim said.

The prosecution had 30 days to bring a new appeal, he said.

"We are asking them not to launch an appeal."

Bagraim said the attorneys in Abu Dhabi met with prosecutors on Wednesday.

The 78-year-old aediatric 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 21 March, but was not allowed to leave the country pending the appeal.

The department of international relations and co-operation said the court's decision meant Karabus was closer to being reunited with his family.

"This is an encouraging sign, because it means the day is close when Prof Karabus will return home and will be reunited with his family in South Africa," spokespersonNelson Kgwete said.

Bagraim said the attorneys would apply to get Karabus's passport and visa as soon as they had the decision from the prosecutors about whether or not they would bring a new appeal.

Read more on:    cyril karabus  |  uae

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.