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Two months ago, Dr.Cyril Karabus was arrested as he and his family changed planes in Abu Dhabi, on their way to his son's wedding in Canada. He had been convicted in Abu Dahbi ten years before, after the death of a child with leukemia, in his care at Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre where he was doing a short term locum job. Dr.Karabus is now 77 years old, and neither he nor South Africa, where he has continued to live since his retirement from Cape Town University, had been informed of his conviction. He has been in gaol in Abu Dhabi ever since his arrest, with no sign of any appeal against his conviction, or protest from South Africa
There is considerable activity on the Internet in support of Dr.Karabus, but this is the first I have heard about his plight. From South Africa, the official protest that has come from the SAMA has been to mention Dr.Karabus' case on behalf of a locum agency, Mediclinic, because it may further inhibit their business of getting doctors to take up locums in Arab states, and there are write-in campaigns to get the SA Minister of International Relations to take action on his behalf.
As a world leader of medical associations, I hope the BMA is seeking to support its colleague in South Africa to also take action to help Dr.Karabus.
Would the BMA please let us know who in the Government of Abu Dhabi is the best for individual doctors to write to, in support of their colleague?