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Karabus spent R1m on legal fees

Retired doctor Cyril Karabus had to fork out a large sum of money for his lengthy trial in the UAE.

Professor Cyril Karabus. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Professor Cyril Karabus' lawyers on Monday said the doctor paid more than R1 million in legal fees.

He spent the past nine months in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) fighting a manslaughter case involving a young cancer patient he treated several years ago.

While he has been cleared of any wrongdoing, Karabus has been struggling to get his passport back from UAE authorities.

After weeks of delays, it seems he may finally get his travel document on Tuesday.

Lawyer Michael Bagraim said Karabus has paid his legal team in Abu Dhabi.

"The fees were for the attorneys in Abu Dhabi and for the advocate in Abu Dhabi. That has cost us just over R1 million. I'm not going to be raising any fees here in Cape Town. He's paid for our deposit disbursements through the trust fund."

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

He was travelling to South Africa from Canada.

Two courts cleared him of manslaughter charges relating to a three-year-old cancer patient he operated on.

She later died of leukaemia.

Several organisations, including the Department of International Relations, have been pressing the UAE for his release.

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