Karabus ‘on edge’ after delay in UAE trial

Retired Cape Town doctor Cyril Karabus is “on edge” and said to be extremely depressed after another court delay in his United Arab Emirates (UAE) trial.

“We had been told by our lawyers that the prosecution wasn’t keen on pursuing this. But then the judge ruled, out of the blue, that the medical translator was not present and so postponed the matter until April 23,” lawyer Michael Bagraim told the Cape Argus.

“Dr Karabus is now suffering from extreme depression. I’m having doubts about how much more he can take.”

The paediatric oncologist (78) was due to have been released after the legal case against him was dropped in the UAE last month.

He was acquitted of manslaughter and of falsifying documents after the death of a three-year-old Yemeni girl he treated for leukaemia in 2002.

However, Karabus was recently informed that the decision to free him would be taken on appeal.

SA Medical Association vice-chairman Mark Sonderup told the newspaper that the doctor’s treatment “is now bordering on torture”.

“It’s time the global community started turning its attention on the UAE and surrounding countries. In this case you have a country acting with complete impunity,” he said.

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