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Karabus' fate still unresolved

There is still no word on Cape Town professor Cyril Karabus fate regarding his case in Abu Dhabi.

There is still no word on Cape Town professor Cyril Karabus fate regarding his case in Abu Dhabi. Picture: RSC Inc

CAPE TOWN - A lawyer for Cape Town professor Cyril Karabus on Monday said there was still no word on the fate of his case in Abu Dhabi.

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

The 77-year-old retired paediatric 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 the three-year-old patient, who had been suffering from acute myeloid leukaemia, a blood transfusion and falsified medical records to make it appear as if he did while he worked as a locum in the UAE in 2002.

Karabus' 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 trial has been hit by several delays, compounded by the fact that prosecutors have not been able to produce the patient's original medical files.

The Attorney General in Abu Dhabi was supposed to report back to the judge on Sunday, on whether his office had located the missing documents and whether the state would be proceeding with the case, but there has been no response.

Karabus' lawyer, Michael Bagraim, said "The essence of the case is that we do need a decision from the attorney general.

"We need the attorney general to tell us whether he is doing to insist on prosecuting Dr Karabus or whether he is going to release him and say they are not going to pursue any prosecution."

His lawyers will go back to court today to get answers.