, while in transit in Dubai to South Africa after attending his son's wedding in Toronto, Canada.
Bagraim said both the hospital group and the airline were aware that there were charges and a court case against Karabus in the UAE and had failed to inform him about these.
âOur lawyers are investigating our optionsâŠ we believe when they (the airline) asked for his visa they told him there was no security alert and told him that he was fine and he can go in.â
Bagraim said they believed the airline was acting as the police when they did not notify Karabus of the claims against him.
âThey have a duty, as the airline, to care for their passengers and they did not exercise that duty. If they told him of the court case against him this could have been avoided.â
While working as a stand-in 12 years ago, at the Sheikh Khalifa Medical Centre in Abu Dhabi, Karabus operated on a seven-year-old cancer patient who later died of leukaemia.
The 71-year-old doctor was then tried and convicted in absentia and sentenced to three years and six months in prison.
The prosecutor argued that Karabus had failed to administer a blood transfusion to the patient, causing her death.
After his arrest, the case was marred by numerous postponements, frustrating family and Karabus supporters waiting for his return, while others signed an online petition to have Karabus released.
Karabus returned home on May 17 after spending nine months in a UAE prison and under house arrest.
Bagraim said the nine months Karabus spent away could have been avoided had the hospital group and the airline notified him of the charges, but he was instead kept in the dark.
âHe could have stayed at the airport and we could have advised him what to do. This caused nine months of heartache and almost R2 million in damages.â
Bagraim said they would be suing the two parties for damages, but they were awaiting word from the lawyers on how to proceed.
âEmirates airline happened to be the cheapest airline for him at the time.â