Basson’s legal team walks out of sentencing

2015-01-19 11:36

Pretoria - The legal team for apartheid-era chemical warfare expert Dr Wouter Basson walked out of sentencing proceedings at the Health Professions Council of SA, journalists tweeted on Monday.

The legal team, led by Jaap Cilliers, said they will approach the high court to lodge an application to review an alleged conflict of interest by the HPCSA’s chairperson Jannie Hugo, tweeted Health-e News.

"We have received information that you [Prof Jannie Hugo] are a member of one of the organisations that agitated for the removal of Dr Basson as a medical practitioner, and signed a petition to that effect," Cilliers told the HPCSA hearing.

Hugo said he had been a member of the medical association since he started practising medicine, according to Sapa.

"I will have to go through the list of those organisations," he said.

The HPCSA inquiry related to Basson's involvement in Project Coast, between the 1980s and early 1990s, reported Sapa.

Basson was 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 leader Jonas Savimbi.

After a six-year review Hugo ruled that Basson contravened international protocols and conventions, Sapa reported on Monday.

These were the Geneva Declaration of 1948 and the UN convention on the prohibition of and stockpiling of dangerous weapons.

No medical doctor could claim ignorance of their expected professional behaviour, Hugo said at the time.

The inquiry was held to determine whether Basson acted unethically in the exercise of his duties as a chemical warfare expert.

Read more on:    hpcsa  |  wouter basson
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Most Read
News In Your Area
Top Lifestyle

Matric Results are coming soon!

Notify me when results become available

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.