SA professor denied bail in UAE

2012-10-04 10:44

Cape Town - A Cape Town professor's bid to be let out on bail in the United Arab Emirates has been denied, the Cape Argus reported on Thursday.

Cyril Karabus, 77, of Claremont was hoping to get bail on Wednesday, but the hearing was adjourned because the prosecutor could not find a crucial docket. He would have to apply for bail again next Thursday.

Karabus was tried and convicted in absentia in the UAE on charges of manslaughter and falsifying documents, following the death of a critically ill patient in his care.

While working at the Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre in Abu Dhabi, UAE, 12 years ago the paediatrics and medical oncology specialist operated on a 3-year-old cancer patient who later died of leukaemia.

He was sentenced to three years and six months in jail and required to pay "blood money" to the patient's family. He was arrested on August 18, while in transit in Dubai to South Africa, from his son’s wedding in Toronto, Canada.

According to the report, he was being held in the hospital wing of the Al Wathba prison in Abu Dhabi because he had a pacemaker and needed medical attention. His son Michael told the newspaper he was hoping to hear from his father before the end of the week.

"The only way we can contact him is through the South African embassy in the UAE or through his lawyers. We are hoping he calls us soon."

  • Adil Smit - 2012-10-04 11:40

    It is very sad that a small child died of cancer.

      carl.miles.31 - 2012-10-04 12:02

      It is but I don't think the doc killed the child....

  • Adil Smit - 2012-10-04 11:59

    It is very sad that a 3 year old died from cancer. ( Prof Karabus is a paediatrician,he did not do an operation on the child )

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-04 12:32

      REad before you write: "12 years ago the paediatrics and medical oncology specialist operated on a 3-year-old cancer patient who later died of leukaemia (sic)."

      lotus.river.5 - 2012-10-05 01:07

      i agree with you adil, oncologists and paediatricians do not do surgeries.the stories must have been twisted somewhere along the line

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-10-04 12:41

    This is just so wrong, trying to save life and next thing you are facing murder charges, doctors are not God THEY must know that, some countries shame.

  • bokmaster - 2012-10-04 12:56

    Before any emotional comments are made, please avail yourselves of the facts of the case. The report seen here is not the whole story and while I sympathise with the doctor and his family, News 24 would do well to report on the original case brought against him and the reason he was prosecuted in abscentia. Just a short excerpt from a local paper here as an example: 'During the doctor’s original trial, prosecutors told the court that the girl was in need of an urgent blood transfusion and that she was not treated because the hospital didn’t have supplies of her blood type. Prosecutors claimed the doctor forged a document claiming the transfusion had taken place when it had not, leading to the girl’s death. His lawyer requested a professional English translator who is well versed with the medical language to interpret the doctor’s statements in court. At the original trial, the court had sentenced the man to six months in jail for negligence and three years for forgery.'

  • linda.cornells - 2012-10-04 12:59

    Wow! and for a second there I thought South Africa was such a bad country to live in...

      klippies.coke.7 - 2012-10-04 14:27

      It is... for many reasons, and it's not... also for many reasons.

  • buti.lembe - 2012-10-04 14:40

    Some people upto now they still don't believe that death is existing and imminent in this live. In Arabs countries as long you're a foreign doctor or nurse once a person dies on your hands you're in trouble

  • kevin.gleeson.54 - 2012-10-04 14:51

    The only thing he did wrong was to transit through Dubai, surely he must have known that he would be taken into custody if he went through the UAE!

  • fidelis.oviahon - 2012-10-04 15:04

    The professorship education, should have atleast sensitized him to the fact that he would be arrested once in that teritory, there are countless airlines he could have flown to canada, he just tried his ghostly suddenly u need sympathy,not with the moslim folks

  • punungwe - 2012-10-04 17:21

    Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't believe it! Doctor is in jail for operating on cancer patient who later died? The family wants blood money!!!!!!!! This is state sanctioned extortion. South Africa should summon the AUE ambassador and strongly protest. For Chistsakes the man is only a doctor who was doing his job. He cannot be expected to perform miracles and cure cancer!!!

  • kenny.bianco.7 - 2012-10-05 06:45

    People are commenting about the death of a child whereas the case is different

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