South African doctor arrested on ten-year old manslaughter charges

The professor was jailed while transiting through Dubai airport from the UK
South African doctor arrested on ten-year old manslaughter charges
A South Africa doctor was arrested while on transit through Dubai airport
By Shane McGinley
Tue 25 Sep 2012 12:07 PM

A South Africa doctor was arrested while on transit through Dubai airport and has appeared in court on manslaughter charges relating to the death of a young cancer patient he treated while working in an Abu Dhabi hospital ten years ago, it was reported on Monday.

Professor Cyril Karabus, a 77 year old pediatrician, was arrested at Dubai International Airport on August 18 while transiting from the UK to South Africa.

Currently refused bail, the medical professor is being held in Abu Dhabi and has already appeared in court three times, according to reports in South African newspapers.

The charges relate to 2002 when Karabus worked at an Abu Dhabi hospital. During his five weeks employment, he treated a young female cancer patient who subsequently died of leukemia.

Karabus left the UAE two weeks after the girl’s death when his contract expired. However, it was alleged the patient had not received adequate treatment and a UAE court convicted him of manslaughter and sentenced him in absentia to three and a half years in prison.

Reports claim Karabus was not aware of the charges or the sentence when he was arrested in Dubai. He is due to appear in court in two weeks when the prosecution will present its evidence.

A representative from
the South African Embassy in Abu Dhabi confirmed Karabus was currently receiving
consular assistance. Karabus’ lawyer was not immediately available for
comment.

 

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