SA to make personal plea for Karabus

2013-03-01 10:43

Cape Town - Deputy international relations minister Marius Fransman is set to travel to the United Arabs Emirates to take up the plight of Professor Cyril Karabus, according to a report on Friday.

The Cape Argus reported that Fransman would head for the UAE on Saturday.

Karabus, 77, a retired paediatric oncologist, has been held in the UAE for more than six months on charges of manslaughter and falsifying documents.

He was convicted of the crimes in absentia.

Karabus had been detained in Abu Dhabi since last August in connection with the case, which dated back to 2002/03. He was out on bail.

The trial was reportedly delayed for the eighteenth time this week.

  • brian.cotter.585 - 2013-03-01 10:47

    Great that the Government have finally reacted but personnel selection suspect.

  • FREE Prof. Karabus...NOW!! - 2013-03-01 10:57

    About bloody time, South Africa!!! This has got to come to an end, NOW!!

  • Gary5 - 2013-03-01 10:58

    Send the doc back ,keep the deputy,charge him with crimes against the farmers.

      Tuner - 2013-03-01 11:42

      Good thinking, gary. That will be a worthwhile swop. Get rid of some rubbish.

  • JanGrimbeek - 2013-03-01 11:13

    ONLY NOW ???????????????????

  • Moses Kachula - 2013-03-01 11:32

    Why is this a special case? We got other criminals languishing in foreign jails without such special treatment...the Dr was negligent in the execution of his duties, which resulted in the untimely death of a child. He should face the music, these people have gotten away with so much here at home they think they are untouchable.

      almeleh - 2013-03-01 12:21

      I hope you rot in an Arab jail for 6 months after being tried and found guilty without being given a chance to give evidence. Poepal.

      Clive Prince - 2013-03-01 12:29

      Moses you need to rot in jail,read the case details,the child died of cancer NOT FROM THE DOCTORS NEGLIGENCE !

      theo.konings.9 - 2013-03-01 12:34

      Try putting your brain into gear before you spew such ill informed rubbish.Get to know the facts of this case and then maybe you can offer an attempt at an opinion that does not reek of racism and bias.Tw@t !!!!!!!

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-01 12:44

      Moses, do you not think that if there was any evidence whatsoever the prosecution would have presented it? Instead they have endlessly delayed the case since August with no end in sight. You ask what the difference is? This is a man who devoted his life to helping children at a charity hospital, yet is now being cruelly punished for no wrongdoing whatsoever. Have you devoted your life to helping children?

      vark.nek.90 - 2013-03-01 13:43

      Come on, Moses just say it out aloud. You know, the racist thingy. It might not be okay to say it, but your comment will then make more sense.

      Dylan Pritchard - 2013-03-01 17:12

      In what way was he negligent? This is a humble and dedicated man that worked for many years at the Red Cross Children's Hospital and saved many lives? If you have no *%}|<€£ clue on a subject - don't feel compelled to comment! You might do well to follow the old saying that implies that if you should rather keep your opinions to yourself and keep quiet at the risk that people might think you stupid than open your pie hole and confirm their suspicions!

      Charles Schuler - 2013-03-04 06:14

      Get that BIG black chip off your shoulder.. Jack..

  • Revelgen - 2013-03-01 11:35

    FRANSMAN going? Couldn't the ANC find a proper delegate?

  • Alex Liebenberg - 2013-03-01 12:05

    I have only one question (or maybe 2) Why did Karabus flee the UAE and not face the charges? If he is so innocent, as he say, one wonders why he didn't stand trail and prove his innocense. Did he think they will forget him in due course?

      Clive Prince - 2013-03-01 12:32

      @ Alex he did not flee the UAE,he was not informed of any charges was tried and found guilty in absentia and never informed of the kangaroo court findings.Who on earth would return to a country if they had fled it because of criminal charges ?

      bill.mitchell.98837 - 2013-03-01 12:33

      The first Karabus knew of the 10-year-old criminal conviction against him was after he was arrested at Dubai airport on 18 August as he changed flights on his way home from his son's wedding in Canada. He had no knowledge of a complaint about his treatment, 12 years ago, of a three-year-old child while he was working as a locum at the Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre in Abu Dhabi

      theo.konings.9 - 2013-03-01 12:38

      He did not flee.He was tried in absentia.Again, get to know the facts before you post an uneducated opinion.

      Avremel Niselow - 2013-03-01 12:45

      The charges were laid long after he left and he was then tried in absentia with no notice or evidence. This country clearly has a pathetic biased legal system.

      Anton Behrens - 2013-03-01 13:41

      Alex is a idiot.

      Alex Liebenberg - 2013-03-01 17:13

      Anton Behrens, go look in the mirror... Avremel, UAE's laws is not biased. It is of the best in the world. Look at the crime-rates and convictions, etc. Maybe you will then think twice before you make such statements... Theo, Bill & Clive: Why did he left the country then right after the death of the patient? Sorry but I do not know the complete history of the case but I am sure he was aware of the charges or pending charges... I stay in the UAE and what I see here is that the people who doesn't obey the laws, or who had problems with the law, is usually the ones that critise the country. The moral values here is of much higher standards as those in SA or so calles Christian countries...

      Dylan Pritchard - 2013-03-01 17:14

      Because he had no frigging idea there even was a trial - he was there in the 80's as a locus - tw@t!!!,

  • adriandt1 - 2013-03-01 14:32

    WTF; hope it's not with our tax money, shopping spree in DXB

  • luna.moon.5243817 - 2013-03-01 15:39

    Who is going to instigate the farm workers in the western cape to strike while his gone?

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