x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

UAE panel yet to send report in South African doctor's manslaughter case

The medical committee examining the case of the South African doctor accused of manslaughter has not sent its report yet, the criminal court has announced.

ABU DHABI // The medical committee examining the case of the South African doctor accused of manslaughter has not sent its report yet, the criminal court has announced.

Cyril Karabus, 77, was convicted in absentia of murder and forgery, accused of causing the death in 2002 of a three-year-old Yemeni girl suffering cancer.

His retrial on charges of manslaughter and forgery has been stranded in court for months awaiting the medical committee’s report, as well as a medical file requested by the defence.

The paediatric oncologist, who denies the charge, has been on bail with his passport confiscated since October. He was arrested at Dubai airport in August while travelling with his family.

Last month South Africa sent a démarche – a strong protest – to the UAE Government calling for the case against Karabus to be expedited.

The case was adjourned until March 20 pending the committee’s report.

HDajani@thenational.ae