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Dept. thanks SA for supporting Karabus

The International Relations Department welcomed the news that Cyril Karabus got his passport back.

Supporters of Doctor Cyril Karabus, who faces manslaughter charges in the UAE, picketed outside the CTICC on 18 February 2013. Picture: Carmel Loggenberg/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Government on Tuesday thanked South Africans for supporting Professor Cyril Karabus while he was held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Earlier in the day, the retired Cape Town doctor was given his passport back by authorities, clearing the way for him to finally leave Abu Dhabi.

Karabus spent the past nine months fighting a charge of manslaughter in connection with the death of a young cancer patient he treated several years ago.

Lawyer Michael Bagraim said his client may be back in South Africa by Wednesday evening as he already bought a plane ticket home.

International Relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela said, "We'd like to take this opportunity to thank all those who've supported us throughout this difficult journey. His family has been informed and they're elated and relieved. We're very happy that he's finally coming home."

Karabus spent over R1 million on legal fees.

The retired paediatric oncologist was arrested in August while in transit in Dubai on his way back to South Africa.

Karabus turned 78 while in Abu Dhabi.