SA doctor's trial postponed in UAE

2013-01-31 09:38

Cape Town - The manslaughter case against Cape Town paediatric oncologist Cyril Karabus in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been postponed a 17th time, until 27 February, it was reported on Thursday.

At his next appearance, the judge was expected to withdraw a fraud charge again Karabus and hear a request for the manslaughter charge to be withdrawn, his lawyer Michael Bagraim told the Cape Times.

Karabus, 77, was tried and convicted in absentia in the UAE on charges of manslaughter and falsifying documents, following the death of a three-year-old cancer patient who was under his care at an Abu Dhabi hospital 12 years ago.

He was sentenced, in absentia, to three years in jail, and was arrested and recharged in Dubai on 18 August, while in transit on his return to South Africa from Toronto, in Canada, where he had attended his son's wedding.

Earlier this month, South Africa appealed to the UAE government to expedite his case.

Karabus's wife Jenifer told the newspaper that although her husband was pretending to be in control, he was "a bowed man". "This is killing him," she said.

  • avremel.niselow - 2013-01-31 09:48

    This is getting absolutely ridiculous! The prosecution has absolutely no evidence, yet the trial is repeatedly postponed with no end in sight. In any reasonable legal system he would have been home months ago.

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2013-01-31 10:40

      Those people are weird, very very odd!!!

  • yaya188 - 2013-01-31 09:57

    Please bring this wonderfull man home!! "Government are going to help him"? tsei!! They are too busy funding Mali, and all the other stupid schemes.

  • mista.brown1 - 2013-01-31 10:22

    Please doctors stay at home, your skills are far more needed here than at those strange places. I wonder how many paediatric oncologists are practicing in SA, esp in the public sector.

  • theo.konings.9 - 2013-01-31 10:26

    Middle Eastern justice is joke.It is high time this poor man was allowed to come home.Abu Dhabi should be ashamed of itself.

  • elyaas.samsodien - 2013-01-31 11:15

    Money and quick fortunes have lured the prof to work there...but our secular value systems of human rights and social justice are world apart from theirs...our collective consciences should protest against such places instead of being awe-struck by these middle eastern fool's paradises. Bring our prof home please. Ex UAe worker.

  • Tyrone Grobbelaar - 2013-01-31 11:52

    I remember this case in the UAE media 6 months ago. What boggles me, is that the SA media only portrays the doctor as being a victim of the UAE social justice system, without arguing the criticising the merits of the case. From what i remember, the doctor promised the girl's family a blood transfusion, but instead lied to them and falsified documentation saying that he had in fact performed it. Witnesses included. Now, if this was your child you would be screaming bloody murder! If he is guilty, they should hang him in a street in the UAE. So really people, stop playing this as a political travesty. On the other hand, when i first heard this in the UAE, my bias or denial immediately thought this was just a family looking for someone to blame and the judiciary obliging them. It is no myth that UAE officials are extremely biased toward foreign nationals and expats.

      avremel.niselow - 2013-01-31 12:07

      Tyrone, the prosecution have had since August to present evidence and have not done so. The only logical conclusion is that no crime was ever committed. The continued postponement of the case is nothing but a miscarriage of justice. Ps, just because someone is accused of a crime does not make him automatically guilty.

      elyaas.samsodien - 2013-01-31 12:30

      The legal process prejudices an expat in favour of a local which is the issue. The merits of the case we cannot decide on but the process clearly harms the defendant.

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