x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

South African doctor charged with manslaughter to take legal action against former employer

South African doctor detained in the UAE for nine months after being charged in absentia with manslaughter to take former employer to court.

ABU DHABI // A doctor jailed in the UAE after being convicted in absentia of manslaughter will take legal action against his former employers, InterHealth Canada.

Dr Cyril Karabus, a paediatric haematologist and oncologist, was in transit through Dubai airport last August when he was arrested and taken to Abu Dhabi.

The South African specialist had been convicted in his absence over the death of a three-year-old Yemeni girl, Sara Al Ajaily, while he was working as a locum at Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in 2002.

He said he was seeking damages of Dh750,000 from the company that had employed him in 2002, InterHealth Canada, for allegedly not informing him of the conviction.

"I do feel like they failed in a duty of care. I worked for them, they presumably knew I was having this problem and never bothered to inform me about it," said Dr Karabus, who spent his 78th birthday in the capital while waiting for his case to be heard. "When I arrived back in Dubai totally unaware, I got arrested and spent the next nine months in the emirates."

He said he had hired a lawyer in Canada who was pursuing the case. InterHealth Canada, which has offices in Dubai, London and Toronto, was unavailable for comment.