Karabus’ detention results in 'tensions'
The International Relations Department has apparently raised concern over Cyril Karabus’ conviction.
JOHANNESBURG - It has emerged that the detention of Cape Town professor Cyril Karabus has resulted in a fall-out between International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her United Arab Emirates (UAE) counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The 77-year-old retired pediatric oncologist was arrested and sentenced in absentia to a three-and-a-half-year jail term in 2004, on charges related to manslaughter.
But he was only arrested in August 2012, while in transit in Dubai.
It is alleged he failed to give a three-year-old patient who had been suffering from acute myeloid leukaemia a blood transfusion, and falsified medical record to make it appear as if he did while he worked as a locum in the UAE in 2002.
His lawyers managed to get his conviction and sentence overturned after his arrest because they were handed down in absentia, but the charges were reinstated by prosecutors
The Sunday Times today reported that the relationship soured after Nkoana-Mashabane raised her concerns about the retired paediatric oncologist's detention being illegal.
The department has reportedly made several representations to the UAE, raising concern over the professor's health, his age and the manner in which he was convicted.
Karabus was due to begin trial this week, but proceedings were postponed.
His lawyer, Michael Bagraim, said prosecutors finally handed over the medical file pertaining to this case on Monday.
"I've had sight of the file. The contents of the file underline everything the professor has said up until now. It shows that he has no guilt whatsoever."
Karabus is out on bail, but cannot return home until he is given a new trial date.