Tide turns for Karabus

Professor Cyril Karabus. Picture: Supplied
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CAPE TOWN - The tide appears to be turning in Cape Town professor Cyril Karabus' manslaughter and forgery case in Abu Dhabi.

The professor’s Cape Town-based attorney Michael Bagraim said prosecutors indicated they intend dropping the forgery charge.

“If one has no hope of a forgery charge, the manslaughter charge has no traction at all because the one flows from the other.”

This move has yet to be sanctioned by the judge.

The retired paediatric oncologist is facing a charge of manslaughter following the death of a cancer patient he treated at the Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) over a decade ago.

But state officials in Abu Dhabi have been struggling to find the patient's original medical records.

Karabus’ case has been in limbo for weeks after an Abu Dhabi judge postponed it indefinitely.

But the 77-year-old, who is out on bail, is still not allowed to leave the UAE.

Earlier this month the South African government said the professor must be allowed to return home to his family.  

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)