HPCSA 'has no evidence' against Basson

2013-11-15 12:34
Wouter Basson (Picture: AFP)

Wouter Basson (Picture: AFP)

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Pretoria - The Health Professions Council of SA (HPCSA) did not provide any evidence of wrongdoing against former apartheid-era chemical warfare expert Dr Wouter Basson, his counsel said on Friday.

"This is a unique case, it is very rare to find cases of this nature," Jaap Cilliers SC, said.

"The pro-forma prosecutor relied only on the evidence from the court and that provided by the accused."

Presenting his closing arguments, Cilliers said no further evidence was provided by the complainant, the HPCSA, for it to conclude that Basson acted unethically.

Salie Joubert, for the HPCSA, attacked the integrity of Basson's defence team and dismissed the evidence presented by defence witnesses.

The charges against Basson arise from his involvement in the apartheid government's chemical and biological warfare programme in the 1980s and early 1990s.

He is accused of acting unethically by being involved in the large-scale production of Mandrax, cocaine, and teargas, of weaponising teargas, and of supplying it to Angola's Unita rebels leader Jonas Savimbi.

He is also accused of acting unethically by providing disorientating substances for cross-border kidnappings, and making cyanide capsules available for distribution to operatives for use in committing suicide.

In 2002, Basson was acquitted by the High Court in Pretoria of criminal charges arising from his conduct. The HPCSA reviewed the judgment to establish if there were grounds to continue with an inquiry against him.

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