Doctor cleared of UAE manslaughter to fly home

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The lawyer representing a doctor cleared of decade-old manslaughter charges in the UAE ago said that he expects his client to fly back to his native South African either on Thursday night or Friday morning.

Cyril Karabus, a paediatric oncologist, was accused of killing a three-year-old leukaemia patient while working in Abu Dhabi in 2002, and was convicted and sentenced to three years in jail and ordered to pay AED100,000 ($27,226) without his knowledge.

Karabus was arrested at Dubai airport in August last year as he changed flights on his way home from his son’s wedding in Canada, and in the intervening months has had bail denied four times, as well as having his case postponed 13 times.

Following the meeting of a medical review committee comprising nine doctors last month, Karabus was cleared of any wrongdoing and subsequently found not guilty by the court, with a later appeal from prosecutors being dismissed by the judge.

Michael Bagraim, a Cape Town-based lawyer representing Karabus, told Arabian Business that he is currently waiting for his client's passport to be returned, following which he would fly back to South Africa.

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