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Karabus officially a free man again

Lawyers for Cyril Karabus said on Friday that the manslaughter case was finallyclosed for good.

Professor Cyril Karabus. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Lawyers for Cyril Karabus said on Friday the manslaughter case against the retired Cape Town doctor was finally closed for good.

Two Abu Dhabi courts found Karabus not guilty of manslaughter in connection with the death of a young cancer patient he treated in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) several years ago.

Prosecutors had the option of appealing the second court's decision.

Karabus' lawyer Michael Bagraim said, "The prosecution in Abu Dhabi came back late on Thursday to say that they have no intention of pursuing a second appeal and that is the end of the case."

Karabus is still in the UAE and may get his passport back next Tuesday.

The paediatric oncologist was arrested and charged while intransit in Dubai last August. He was on his way to South Africa after attending his son's wedding in Canada.

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

Karabus was aquitted on all charges but the prosecution delayed his return to South Africa by appealing the manslaughter charge.

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