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Karabus could be home tomorrow

Cyril Karabus is waiting to get back his passport from United Arab Emirates authorities.

Supporters of Doctor Cyril Karabus, who faces manslaughter charges in the UAE, picketed outside the CTICC on 18 February 2013. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Dr Cyril Karabus' lawyer says it is highly possible he could return home on Tuesday.

The retired paediatric oncologist has been cleared of manslaughter and forgery charges in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by two separate courts. But he has not been able to leave the UAE as prosecutors were mulling over whether or not to appeal his acquittal.

He is now waiting for his passport to be returned to him.

The case dates back to over 10 years ago. He operated on a three-year-old cancer patient who later died of leukaemia.

Karabus' lawyer, Michael Bagraim, says the doctor "has got permission to travel so we are hoping to have him back in South Africa on Tuesday."

Bagraim says if the second judgment is also appealed his client can still return home.

"If it does happen we are informed that he can still travel back to South Africa. We are also informed they might not need him there if there's an appeal."

The 78-year-old was arrested in August while in transit in Dubai. He was travelling to Cape Town from his son's wedding in Canada.

Several organisations, including the International Relations Department, have been calling for his release.