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Dr Wouter Basson cleared of murder of apartheid opponents

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7343.938/a (Published 20 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:938
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    “Dr Death,” the South African cardiologist Dr Wouter Basson, so dubbed by the local press for his supposed role in the deaths of antiapartheid activists, has been acquitted of charges of murder and fraud in a high profile trial which has lasted over two years.

    Dr Basson headed the chemical and biological weapons programme for the apartheid government's defence force and was acquitted on charges relating to activities during those years.

    The acquittal has been regarded as hugely controversial and has prompted calls for a revision of the judicial system, which has seen several high officials of the past government …

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