Professor Cyril Karabus

Cape Town - Frustrations increased for the family of Cape Town doctor Cyril Karabus yesterday when his manslaughter trial was delayed for the 18th time in the United Arab Emirates.

Karabus, who has been held in the UAE for more than six months on charges of manslaughter and falsifying documents which he was convicted of in absentia, has to wait till next month after a medical committee tasked with examining the case failed to provide its report.

The case has been delayed due to lost medical documents which Karabus’s defence believes would exonerate him.

The committee was selected by a judge last year to assess whether Karabus’s case warranted a trial.

Karabus, 77, a retired paediatric oncologist, was arrested in August while in transit through Dubai and released on bail in October.

He had been tried in absentia and convicted of manslaughter and falsifying documents after the death of a three-year-old in 2002 at the Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre, Abu Dhabi, where he had been working as a locum.

Karabus’s son, Michael Karabus, said of his father:

“He is crushed because he doesn’t know where to turn to.” South Africa has appealed to the UAE to expedite the matter but is yet to receive a response.

The case will resume on March 20 for the committee to present its report.

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