x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Karabus free: UAE prosecutors will not further appeal South African doctor's acquittal

Public prosecutors say they will not appeal further against the acquittal of the South African doctor cleared of the manslaughter of a three-year-old leukaemia patient.

Dr Cyril Karabus, 77, after he was first acquitted in Abu Dhabi. UAE prosecutors said they will no longer contest his acquittal.
Dr Cyril Karabus, 77, after he was first acquitted in Abu Dhabi. UAE prosecutors said they will no longer contest his acquittal.

ABU DHABI // Prosecutors will not appeal further against the acquittal of South African doctor Cyril Karabus.

Two weeks ago the Appeals Court upheld a Criminal Court decision clearing him of the manslaughter of a three-year-old leukaemia patient who died in 2002.

Prosecutors had 30 days to appeal again but decided against it, a court source said.

The source said Dr Karabus was still in the UAE finalising procedures with the Interior Ministry.

He and his lawyers could not be reached for comment.

Sarah Adel died at Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre in 2002. A year later, after he had left the country, Dr Karabus was found guilty of manslaughter.

Prosecutors claimed he failed to give the girl a crucial blood transfusion and later covered it up by forging a medical report.

He was cleared of both charges in a retrial by the Criminal Court and the appeal last month. Dr Karabus was arrested in transit at Dubai airport in August last year.

hdajani@thenational.ae