x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 28 July 2017

Case of doctor accused of manslaughter close to being thrown out

The trial of the South African doctor accused of causing the death of a young cancer patient is deadlocked as a judge tells prosecutors to start over.

ABU DHABI // The trial of a South African doctor accused of manslaughter took a new twist yesterday when the judge ordered prosecutors to present comprehensive documents sufficient to convince him there was a case to answer or drop the charges altogether.

Cyril Karabus is accused of causing the death of a three-year-old Yemeni cancer patient in 2002 by failing to give her a vital blood transfusion and forging a report to make it appear as if the treatment had been ordered.

The case has been adjourned on numerous occasions as the Criminal Court sought the girl's original case files from Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.

That problem seemed to have been overcome a couple of weeks ago when the files were finally presented to the court and the case adjourned so that the legal teams could re-examine their evidence.

However, at yesterday's hearing, prosecutors were once more unable to produce the original hospital files, prompting the judge to remove the case from the court's roll and order them to restate their case.

They must now either present the documents or drop the charges.

Meanwhile, the professor will remain on bail.

His passport was handed in as a condition of bail.

The judge did not set another date.

hdajani@thenational.ae