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Karabus sues former employer for damages

Karabus’s lawyer says his former employer must pay him out because he was never informed about his case.

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 representing retired Cape Town doctor Cyril Karabus said on Wednesday he was hoping to reach an out-of-court settlement with his client's former employer.

Karabus has been back in South Africa for nearly three months following his nine month ordeal in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Late last year he was arrested in Abu Dhabi while in transit in Dubai to South Africa, from his son's wedding in Canada.

Karabus was then detained in the UAE where he was found guilty in absentia of manslaughter relating to the death of a young cancer patient he treated there over a decade ago.

The professor was eventually cleared of all wrongdoing but his return home was delayed.

Karabus's lawyer Michael Bagraim said he wants his client's former employer, InterHealth Canada, to pay him damages.

Bagraim said he wants InterHealth to pay out his client because it purportedly never informed Karabus about his case initially.

"We have sent a letter to InterHealth Canada claiming that he has already lost R2 million by using lawyers in Abu Dhabi and around the world. Therefore he believes the case is a good one against InterHealth Canada."

Karabus celebrated his 78th birthday in prison.

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