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Karabus' lawyer remains hopeful

Professor Cyril Karabus’ lawyer Michael Bagraim said the situation looks promising.

Professor Cyril Karabus. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Professor Cyril Karabus' lawyers on Wednesday said they are confident the retired doctor will get his passport back by next week.

He has been struggling to return home after spending the past nine months in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Two Abu Dhabi courts have found Karabus not guilty of manslaughter in connection with the death of a young cancer patient he treated more than a decade ago.

It has been an ongoing battle for the professor to step back on South African soil.

An Abu Dhabi prison still has his passport and must clear his name from a criminal fugitive database before he can return home.

Lawyer Michael Bagraim said things do look promising as the South African Consulate in the UAE has been very helpful.

"It's following up on an hourly basis as to what is happening. I know that it is trying to expedite the matter."

Bagraim said Karabus must just be patient and wait for his application to be processed to get his passport back. He expects the matter to be resolved by Tuesday.

The 78-year-old was arrested last August while in transit in Dubai.

He was travelling from Canada to South Africa.

While working at the Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi, Karabus operated on a three-year-old cancer patient who later died of leukaemia.