Qaanitah Hunter| Cii News| 08 January 2013

A letter sent by South African political party, Al Jama-ah, to the ruler of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and the Attorney General of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) regarding the case of Cape Town professor Cyril Karabus is been considered by judicial authorities in the country.

An emeritus professor at the University of Cape Town, Karabus (77), has been detained in Abu Dhabi, on charges of manslaughter and falsifying documents, since August 18.

Al Jama-ah leader, Ganief Hendericks, said the party has slammed the South African media for rubbishing the judicial system of Abu Dhabi instead of focussing on the merits of the case.

Hendericks explained that the letter was to explain the impact of the issues around the incarceration of Professor Karabus has on the image of Islamic judicial systems.

The party noted that it wanted the Professor to be released immediately if there was no prima facie case as determined by the Attorney General.

“Otherwise the professor’s passport must be returned so that he can return to South Africa on humanitarian grounds and in terms of the esteem he has in medical circles and the esteem the Muslim community has for the Red Cross War Memorial Hospital Children’s hospital where he was a former staffer,” they said in the letter.

The Party reiterated that it has full confidence in the judiciary in Abu Dhabi and was confident that the Karabus would get a fair hearing.