CAPE TOWN - Prosecutors in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have told Professor Cyril Karabus’ legal team they intend appealing the decision to find him not guilty of manslaughter.
Last week, an Abu Dhabi court found the elderly professor not guilty of manslaughter and forgery.
A medical committee cleared the paediatric oncologist of all blame for the death of a young cancer patient he treated there more than a decade ago.
The latest development means Karabus will remain in the UAE indefinitely.
His lawyer Michael Bagraim said, “We’ve heard incredibly bad news, it’s almost sad news. The reality is that the prosecution has now indicated it wishes to appeal [the earlier ruling]. This means he is not coming home and they are not giving the passport back to him.”
Karabus was arrested while in-transit in Dubai back in August.
He was travelling from Canada to Cape Town.
Karabus’ family was hoping he would be home in time for 78th birthday on Monday.