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Karabus to land in SA on Friday

Cyril Karabus has finally been given the all clear and will be on the first flight back home on Friday.

Professor Cyril Karabus. Picture: Facebook

CAPE TOWN - Lawyers for Professor Cyril Karabus said on Thursday he will be on the first flight back home from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday.

Karabus blamed bureaucracy for the delay in getting home.

"The bureaucrats just talk Arabic to me which I don't understand. I have a translator but I still don't know whats going on. I was told there was a little glitch which meant that I was not entered into a computer and that's why they didn't let me go today."

Karabus has since resolved the issues which his lawyer said were visa related.

The 78-year-old retired paediatric oncologist was acquitted of manslaughter charges by two Abu Dhabi courts, where he was detained in August last year.

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 lawyer said his client missed this morning's flight while sorting out the visa issues.

"It looks like he will be catching tomorrow morning's flight, the one after 4am, and will land in Cape Town at 12pm."

The professor spent over R1 million on legal fees during his ordeal.