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Karabus hopes to get passport

Just one signature is pending for Cyril Karabus to get back his travel documents.

Professor Cyril Karabus. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - Retired Cape Town doctor Cyril Karabus is hoping to receive his passport back on Tuesday from authorities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Karabus has spent the past nine months in the UAE fighting a manslaughter case in connection with the death of a patient he treated several years ago.

While he has been cleared of all wrongdoing he has been struggling to get his travel documents back from Abu Dhabi officials.

Karbus' lawyer Michael Bagraim said, "There's just one thing that is outstanding at this point but we expect a signature and for him to get his papers on Tuesday."

Karabus has spent at least R1 million in legal fees, but he will not pay a cent once he lands in South Africa.

SUPPORT FOR KARABUS

Meanwhile, Bagraim said the Islamic Medical Association has pledged its support for the retired Cape Town doctor to return home and they welcomed the support.

Bagraim also said prosecutors had the option of appealing the second court's decision, but officially decided not to, closing Karabus' case for good.

"The prosecutors have indicated they won't be pursuing the matter anymore."

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