Karabus gets passport back
Professor Cyril Karabus’ lawyer said his client is expected back in SA on Wednesday evening.
CAPE TOWN - Professor Cyril Karabus has received his passport back from authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), lawyer Michael Bagraim said on Tuesday.
Speaking to Eyewitness News , Bagraim said the retired doctor should be back in South Africa by Wednesday evening.
Karabus has spent the past nine months fighting a charge of manslaughter in connection with the death of a young cancer patient he treated over a decade ago.
After struggling for the past few weeks, the 78-year-old finally got his passport back at around midday, clearing the way for him to finally leave Abu Dhabi.
Bagraim said the paediatric oncologist was over the moon.
"Professor Karabus says he's already paid for the flight and he's insisting to go on Emirates. He doesn't want to use another flight, despite the fact that we've offered him free flights."
On Monday, Bagraim revealed that Karabus had spent more than R1 million on legal fees.
He was arrested in August while in transit in Dubai.
Karabus 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.