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Proceedings start against former chemical warfare chief

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 27 May 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1426
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    The Health Professions Council, South Africa's statutory registration body for health professionals, has finally instituted preliminary proceedings into the behaviour of cardiologist Wouter Basson, who led South Africa's secret chemical warfare programme in the apartheid era.

    Dr Basson is on trial for murder and fraud, and South Africans have been horrified by the daily accounts of the bizarre and cruel behaviour meted out to apartheid's opponents, including the administration of a poison allegedly devised and supplied by Dr Basson.

    Dr Basson remains registered as a doctor with the Health Professions Council, and when he is not in court he …

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