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Karabus saga continues

Retired doctor Cyril Karabus remains in the UAE after failing to secure his passport from the authorities.

Professor Cyril Karabus. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - The lawyer of retired doctor Cyril Karabus on Sunday said his client remained in good spirits despite not receiving his passport.

The paediatric oncologist has been held in the United Arab Emirates after being arrested last August.

The 78-year-old was recently found not guilty of manslaughter and forgery by two Abu Dhabi courts.

He was blamed for the death of a young cancer patient he treated more than a decade ago.

Lawyer, Michael Bagraim said his client was in good spirits.

"Karabus did go into the prison to inquire the whereabouts of his passport. He was told it hasn't come back from the head office of the prison and that he should pop in again on Monday."

Bagraim said he hoped Karabus would receive his passport soon.

"He is satisfied that they are doing what is necessary. He's also satisfied that he's been treated well and he's confident that he's going to get the passport any moment now."

Karabus was arrested in August while in transit in Dubai to South Africa, from his son's wedding in Canada.

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