Freed doctor speaks on harrowing ordeal

Estelle Ellis

STILL angry and out to sue those who wronged him, Professor Cyril Karabus said yesterday he would not advise other doctors to avoid working in Abu Dhabi, despite his own horrendous experience there.

“I worked there a few times before without any trouble,” he said.

Karabus was freed in May this year after spending nine months in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after being arrested at the Dubai International Airport for murder over the death of a leukaemia patient in 2002 – a charge he had been tried for in absentia.

Karabus said he had never been told that when a patient died and there was an allegation of negligence it would become a criminal matter.

An angry Karabus – who plans on writing a book – yesterday accused Emirates Air of “acting as the law enforcement arm of a dictatorship”.

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