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Karabus to sue former employer

The elderly professor wants compensation for the wrongful arrest in Abu Dhabi.

Prof Cyril Karabus arrives at Cape Town International Airport on 17 May 2013 following a legal battle in the UAE. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The lawyer for retired Cape Town doctor Cyril Karabus says they want R2 million in damages from his former employers.

Karabus has been back in South Africa for nearly three months now following his nine month ordeal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he had been fighting an old manslaughter case.

The professor was eventually cleared of all wrong-doing.

Karabus's lawyer Michael Bagraim says he wants his client's former employer, Interhealth Canada to pay them out because it apparently never initially informed him about his case.

"We have these claims, we haven't finalised the calculation of the full claim, but we would like to sit around the table and negotiate with you a solution before we go to court."

The professor was arrested in Abu Dhabi last August while in transit in Dubai to South Africa, from his son's wedding in Canada.

He faced charges of manslaughter in relation to a cancer patient he treated over a decade ago.

He was cleared of any wrongdoing but struggled to return home due to bureaucracy.

He celebrated his 78th birthday in prison.