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WMA advises physicians about working in the United Arab Emirates

from COA

The World Medical Association will alert all physicians about the risks of working in the United Arab Emirates, following the case of Professor Cyril Karabus, the retired paediatric oncologist, who remains on bail in the UAE despite being absolved of manslaughter charges against him.

At their Council meeting in Bali, WMA delegates expressed their extreme concern that Prof. Karabus, who was arrested in August last year in relation to the death of a child under his care in the UAE in 2002, is awaiting a further court hearing next week.

They passed a resolution saying that Prof. Karabus is believed to have been treated in a manner "which fails to meet international fair trial standards and he should be allowed to return home immediately."

The meeting also decided that in the light of this experience, the WMA will publish an advisory notice in the World Medical Journal and on the WMA web site advising doctors thinking of working in the UAE to note the working conditions and the legal risks of employment there. more

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