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Karabus to sue UAE govt

The professor intends suing Emirates Airlines, Abu Dhabi govt and the hospital group.

FILE: Prof Cyril Karabus. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The lawyer for retired Cape Town Doctor Cyril Karabus said on Monday his client remains adamant about suing the Abu Dhabi government, Emirates Airlines and the hospital group he worked for.

Karabus has been back in South Africa for two weeks now following his nine months ordeal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The 78-year-old was held in Abu Dhabi on charges of forgery and manslaughter stemming from the death of a young cancer patient he treated in the UAE over a decade ago.

Lawyer Michael Bagraim explained Karabus wanted to sue Emirates Airlines because it allegedly withheld information about his looming arrest.

"We're consulting with advocates about taking the hospital group to court and we're also consulting with the senior council in South Africa to take the Emirates Air to court and Dr Karabus feels upbeat about this."

Bagraim said Karabus feels very strongly that he deserves reparation for what he had to go through in the UAE.

"The entire episode cost him R1.5 million and has left him flat. He feels he should have never gone through that ordeal."

Meanwhile, the retired doctor spoke to Talk Radio 702 saying he was never informed about the charges.

"I knew nothing about this at all, they lied, and the court report had a record. I have a copy of it in English which claimed that they had informed me about the case, I was totally shocked when it happened."

The retired doctor said even though he went through so much over the past nine months, it had not changed him much.

"I think I'm just a nicer guy as I ever was and modest as well. But I know there is a change and I thank the people who helped me there."

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

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