WMA warns doctors about working in the Emirates as paediatrician is still refused permission to return home

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 09 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2261
  1. Sophie Arie
  1. 1London

The World Medical Association (WMA) is warning medical professionals to beware of the risks of working in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where South African doctor Cyril Karabus remains in a legal limbo and unable to leave the country despite having been acquitted of killing a patient he treated years ago.

The 78 year old professor, who has been stuck in the country since his arrest in transit last August, believed his return home was imminent after an expert medical panel cleared him of all wrongdoing and a court dismissed the charges against him last month. But the prosecution has since appealed, and a hearing on 9 April that the paediatric oncologist hoped would finally ensure …

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