Karabus' ordeal finally ends
Professor Cyril Karabus is expected to land back home in South Africa on Thursday.
CAPE TOWN - The son of retired Cape Town doctor Cyril Karabus said his family were relieved that nine months of hell have finally come to an end.
His son Michael said the good news has not sunk in yet.
"It's just taking time for the news to sink in and to get used to the idea. It has been nine months of hell."
Michael said his father missed several family events over the past few months, including Easter, Christmas and the birth of his grandson.
The 78-year-old could be back on South African soil by Thursday.
Karabus had on Tuesday received his passport back from officials in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), clearing him to finally leave the country.
Two Abu Dhabi courts acquitted the paediatric oncologist of manslaughter charges in connection with the death of a young cancer patient he treated several years ago.
Karabus' lawyer Michael Bagraim said prosecutors had the option of appealing the second court's decision but officially decided not to, closing Karabus' case for good
The government thanked South Africans for supporting the professor while he had been held in the UAE while the African National Congress (ANC) said it was happy Karabus was finally coming home.