Jewish South African Doctor “Extremely Pleased” to be Found Not Guilty After 7 Months in UAE Custody

March 25, 2013 10:39 am 7 comments

A recent photo of Dr. Cyril Karabus. Photo: Facebook.

A Jewish South African doctor has been freed by a judge in Abu Dhabi after more than seven months in custody.

Cyril Karabus, a 77 year-old pediatric oncologist, had been detained in the United Arab Emirates in August of last year in connection with the 2003 death of a 3-year-old cancer patient under his care. Unbeknownst to Karabus, who returned to South Africa after the patient’s death, the doctor was charged with manslaughter and falsifying documents, found guilty in absentia and sentenced to three years in prison. Karabus was unaware of the trial or sentence until his arrest at the airport.

After his arrest, he spent nearly seven weeks in prison before being released on bail and confined to house arrest. While groups lobbied for Karabus’s release he went through more than 25 court hearings.

“The ‘not guilty’ verdict of the UAE court on Thursday is about 7 months overdue after close to 20 postponements since his incarceration,” Mike Fisher, an outspoken advocate of Dr. Karabus’s in South Africa who launched a Facebook page to protest his incarceration, told The Algemeiner in an email.

Dr. Karabus may, however, be stuck in Abu Dhabi for some time longer.

“This travesty of justice is, sadly, still ongoing, as the Prof. is still unable to leave the UAE pending the possibility that the prosecution may appeal the “not guilty” verdict,” Fisher said. “Even then, we are told that there is a ‘process’ to be followed in having his passport returned to him…and so the saga still continues.”

Dr. Karabus released a statement Sunday expressing his relief that the episode appeared over. “I am extremely pleased and relieved that my case has finally come to an end and that the UAE Judicial process has found me not guilty,” he said. “The Medical Committee found that I’ve acted correctly in the treatment of my patient and absolved me of any wrongdoing.”

7 Comments

  • Muslim doctors in the West have,for many years, been murdering their Quffar patients. It is known as the jihad of the scalpel. Their favorite ploy is to give the all-clear to cancer sufferers who then, without further treatment, succumb to their illness.

  • Michael Lee Robins

    We Jewish folks should know from decades of empirical data where we are subject to unfair prosecution by the state apparatus as well as general populace,it would be wise from a point of self preservation to avoid such places,there are plenty of places to provide humanitarian aid,health care ect. Why not pick a state to work in where the attitudes are more benevolent to Jews?Places that desperately need assistance and do not carry the seeds of hatred for Jewish people in general?This is an example of the good doctor being his worst own enemy.

  • As an American Jew travelling to the UAE with Israel stamps on my passport quite frequently, I feel sorry for the travesty of justice Dr. Karabus received in Abu Dhabi.
    Contrary to the previous comments, I would say that the United Arab Emirates is quite
    a liberal country compared to all Arab countries, has unofficial commercial ties with Israel. There is admiration for what Israel has accomplished and President Obama’s speech in Jerusalem was broadcasted in its entirety in Dubai. I was there.
    Poor Dr. Karabus is not the only Jewish physician practicing medecine in Dubai or Abu Dabhi, As in some countries, the judicial system has failed some innocent man and it is unacceptable but as some important Emirati told me, the Arab world should learn to live with Israel and learn from them.
    Charles

  • And Qantas tells us how wonderful they are to be flying through Abu Dhabi…well they can keep their flight route…I for one won’t fly with them ever again. Why would I want to support these barbarians?

  • Herb Grossman

    With all the seriously ill people throughout the world, he made a serious error in judgment in treating one in an Arab country. “If you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas.”

  • He shouldn’t have gone there in the first place. They are the enemy. Jews don’t go into enemy territory. He;s learning his lesson the hard way.

  • barbara dobbin

    Please publish my comments. It is so asinine that a reknown Doctor should be so falsely accused and incarcerated. We know that the UAE is hostile to Jews, but this act is unconscionable. It makes the UAE seem like a Fourth Would Country! Please publish this letter.

    Barbara Dobbin

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