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Karabus: Another hurdle in bid for freedom

It seems the only thing standing in the way of Cyril Karabus’ return is the issuing of his passport.

Professor Cyril Karabus. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Lawyers for Cape Town professor Cyril Karabus on Monday said they would continue to pressure authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to have his passport returned to him.

Two Abu Dhabi courts have acquitted Karabus of manslaughter and forgery in connection with the death of a young cancer patient he treated in the UAE several years ago.

The 78-year-old retired paediatric oncologist is now waiting for his passport.

It was hoped he could be on a plane back to Cape Town by Tuesday morning.

Karabus' attorney in the Western Cape Michael Bagraim said the doctor "is incredibly frustrated and feeling very much let down".

"He was told that everything is cleared now for him to go back; he just has to get his passport. There is no reason for them not to give us the passport," added Bagraim.

Karabus was arrested in August while in transit in Dubai. He was returning to Cape Town from his son's wedding in Canada.

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

Prosecutors in the UAE have thrown several hurdles in Karabus' path, exhausting almost all avenues in their bid to prove he was to blame for the young child's death.