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Karabus seeks R2m in damages

The retired doctor is demanding that his former employer pay him for his ordeal.

The retired doctor is demanding that his former employer pay him for his ordeal. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Lawyers representing retired Cape Town doctor Cyril Karabus on Thursday confirmed that they are negotiating an out-of-court settlement with his former employer in Canada.

He was held in United Arab Emirates (UAE) for several months in connection with a manslaughter charge.

Although he was acquitted, Karabus struggled to return home to South Africa.

Karabus now wants R2 million in damages from Interhealth Canada, the company who employed him to work in Abu Dhabi in 2002.

He is demanding that his previous employers pay him for what he went through.

Karabus's legal team argues that Interhealth Canada failed to inform the retired doctor about his conviction in absentia in the UAE.

Lawyer Michael Bagraim says, "Our attorneys in Canada are in the process of negotiations with Interhealth. Those negotiations are at a sensitive stage."

Karabus is said to be doing local locum work again and a book about his ordeal is set to be released in January.

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