09 May 2013
South African Government calls for return of Professor Karabus to South Africa
The South African Government takes note of the latest developments surrounding the return of Professor Cyril Karabus’s passport after being found not guilty twice by the UAE lower court and appeal court for manslaughter in connection with the death of a three-year old cancer patient more than ten years ago.
Professor Karabus, an emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town and specialist paediatric oncologist, was arrested whilst in transit through Dubai in August 2012.
It has been confirmed that Abu Dhabi prison authorities are in possession of Professor Karabus’s passport and must first clear his name from a database before his passport can be returned.
Prof Karabus’s application to have his passport released is currently being processed.
The South African Embassy in Abu Dhabi continues to render consular assistance to Professor Karabus and his family and is communicating with the UAE authorities to expedite the matter.
The South African Government thanks the UAE authorities for prioritising Prof Karabus’s application to have his passport released.
Whilst respecting the sovereignty of the UAE including its legal and administrative processes, the South African Government believes that the matter must be brought to a speedy conclusion so that the Professor can finally be reunited with his family.
For further information, please contact Mr. Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, on 082 884 5974
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