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Karabus considers fighting back

Cyril Karabus’ lawyer says the retired doctor is seeking legal advice against the UAE.

Professor Cyril Karabus is surrounded by supporters at Cape Town International Airport, shortly after his arrival. Picture: Department of International Relations.

CAPE TOWN - Cyril Karabus' lawyer said at the weekend the retired Cape Town doctor is strongly considering legal action against Emirates Airlines, the hospital group and the Abu Dhabi government.

The 78-year-old former paediatric oncologist landed back on South African soil on Friday following his harrowing nine month ordeal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Karabus was held in Abu Dhabi on a manslaughter charge in connection with the death of a young Yemeni girl he treated for leukaemia more than 10 years ago, in 2002.

He was arrested in Dubai last August on his way to South Africa from Canada.

Even though Karabus was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, he struggled for weeks to leave the UAE due to several delays.

Karabus' family lawyer Michael Bagraim said the retired doctor is seeking legal opinion on whether to sue Emirates Airlines because it didn't inform him about his arrest last August.

"I've also investigated whether we can sue the hospital group, who were aware of the guilty findings in 2002 and didn't actually ever convey the message to Dr Karabus."

Karabus spoke to the media after landing at Cape Town International Airport.

He said he remained resilient even though his experience was not pleasant.

"I think [the whole experience] had more of an impact on my wife and my kids. I managed to cope with it some way or the other."

Karabus said the constant delays and disappointments were dreadful.

"It was really upsetting, and trying to get my passport and exit visa [was really difficult]."