South African Pediatrician Cyril Karabus Found Not Guilty
March 25, 2013
Dr. Cyril Karabus, a 78-year-old pediatric oncologist and professor emeritus of the University of Cape Town, was found not guilty by the Abu Dhabi Criminal Court on March 21, 2013. Dr. Karabus was arrested at Dubai International Airport in August 2012. It was only after his arrest that he learned he had been charged and convicted 10 years earlier following a complaint about his treatment of a 3-year-old patient who died while he was working as a locum in 2002 in Abu Dhabi. After two months in jail, he was released on bail, his conviction was set aside, and a retrial was ordered.
Dr. Karabus’s retrial began on November 20, 2012. After numerous delays and a long search for the entire contents of the patient’s medical file, a medical review committee appointed to review the case finally met on March 19, 2013. The committee, after examining the medical file, absolved Dr. Karabus of any wrongdoing. It reported its findings to the judge, and days later Dr. Karabus was found not guilty. He will remain in the UAE for two weeks while he awaits the prosecution’s decision on whether or not to appeal the verdict. At the conclusion of the 14 days, his passport will be returned, and he will be able to return to his home in South Africa.
The CHR and the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies undertook Dr. Karabus’s case shortly after his detention. Nearly 30 letters of appeal were sent to the UAE authorities by the CHR, its Correspondents, and Academies that are members of the H.R. Network. Dr. Karabus and his family are extremely grateful for the support they received from all of those who wrote in his behalf.
For further information on Dr. Karabus’s case, please see his case summary