UAE medical panel issues response in doctor's manslaughter trial

The case of the South African paediatric oncologist accused of the manslaughter of a three-year-old girl in 2002 returns to the Criminal Court today.

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ABU DHABI // A medical committee has finally issued a response in the case of a South African doctor accused of the manslaughter of a three-year-old girl more than 10 years ago.

But the Higher Committee for Medical Liability’s letter, for which the Criminal Court has waited months, said it had referred the case to a branch committee to investigate.

Cyril Karabus, 77, is accused of failing to give a blood transfusion to the girl in 2002.

Sheikh Khalifa Medical City has continually failed to provide medical records for the Yemeni girl, which are needed for Dr Karabus’s defence.

The paediatric oncologist, who denies the charge, has been on bail with his passport confiscated since he was arrested at Dubai airport while travelling with his family.

The court this month removed the case from its list and sent it back to prosecutors, who also failed to produce the case file needed for the doctor’s defence.

The case was adjourned until February 27 for the branch committee’s report.