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Another snag for Karabus

The retired doctor now faces visa issues which needs to be resolved before he can return home.

Professor Cyril Karabus. Picture: Supplied

CAPE TOWN - It was supposed to be the day before Professor Cyril Karabus leaves the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and return back home to South Africa.

But, the 78-year-old has picked up problems with his visa and is trying to sort out the issue with authorities in Abu Dhabi.

Karabus' passport was returned to him on Tuesday and he was planning to leave the country on Thursday.

The paediatric oncologist was held in Abu Dhabi on a manslaughter charge since August.

He was acquitted by two courts.

His lawyer Michael Bagraim said the latest delay was disappointing to say the least.

"The South African consulate in Abu Dhabi tells us that the date on the visa is incorrect. This has set us back as they've gone back to the prison to sort that out. Without the correct date on the visa, he's not going to be able to get through airport customs."

Karabus has spent over R1 million on legal fees.

He was arrested while in transit in Dubai to South Africa from his son's wedding in Canada.

The professor was then cleared of all charges relating to a cancer patient he treated over a decade ago.