Case is suspected to be
all about ‘blood money’
By: ANT KATZ
Cape Town community leader and instructing lawyer for Prof Cyril Karabus, Michael Bagraim (pictured) says that he has “briefed our legal team in Abu Dhabi to go to court (today) to find out what’s going on,” after that country’s Attorney General failed to report to the judge as expected on Sunday.
“The Attorney General (AG) was supposed to give a report to the judge about whether or not they have managed to locate the missing original medical records,” Bagraim said.
“Based on that the judge was supposed to make a decision on whether Karabus’s charges will be dismissed,” he said. “They didn’t show up in court and they have given no explanation.”
On Christmas day the judge gave the prosecution until last Wednesday to come up with the original medical records, which Karabus maintains will prove his innocence – or, said the judge, he would dismiss the charges. When the prosecution couldn’t produce the records on Wednesday, the judge forwarded a recommendation to the AG seeking to have the charges dropped.
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Prof Cyril Karabus, 77, is a retired emeritus professor at UCT and was detained in Abu Dhabi on 18 August while in transit returning from attending his son’s wedding in Toronto. He had been found guilty in abstentia a decade earlier, without his knowledge, for the death of a young cancer patient he treated while working as a locum in the United Arab Emirates.
There is strong suspicion that the case was, in fact, about a blood money claim by the parents.
Michael Bagraim said last week that the judge had referred the matter to the AG to make a decision as to whether they should continue prosecuting or not, “as there was no evidence.”
Karabus was granted bail in October and has been staying with a Pretoria doctor – who has now been told his work visa will not be renewed.
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Dr Cyril Karabus and wife Jennifer - who says SA has done 'sweet diddly' to help him.jpg