After eight months of frustrating delays in the United Arab Republic, the 78-year old South African pediatrician and oncologist, who was arrested on his way through Dubai last August, finally went home on May 17.
The arrest grew out of a 2002 treatment by Dr. Karabus of a child suffering from cancer in the UAR. The patient later died of leukemia. A court in the UAR, in a trial of which Karabus had no notice, convicted him of responsibility for her death. Although that conviction was eventually reversed, in 2012, while Dr. Karabus was traveling to Capetown through the UAR from his son’s wedding in New York, he was arrested and retried on the same charges.
CCS protested this evident miscarriage of justice. The Appeals Court in Abu Dhabi upheld the Criminal Court decision clearing Karabus of the charges and the prosecutor decided against an appeal.
- South African doctor flies home after nine-month limbo over UAE death (guardian.co.uk)
- South African Oncologist Cyril Karabus Finally Permitted to Leave the UAE and Return Home (National Academy of Sciences, Committee on Human Rights)
- SA, UAE ties intact despite Karabus ordeal (News24)