HPCSA's Basson hearing to continue

2013-07-16 08:50
Wouter Basson (Picture: AFP)

Wouter Basson (Picture: AFP)

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Johannesburg - The Health Professions Council of SA hearing into the conduct of apartheid-era chemical warfare expert Wouter Basson is scheduled to continue on Tuesday.

The council ruled on Monday that evidence presented by Basson during his criminal trial would not be used in the hearing investigating his alleged unethical behaviour.

The charges arise from Basson's 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 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 North Gauteng 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 Basson.

The State appealed the decision of the high court in the Supreme Court of Appeal, but the appeal was dismissed.

The State then went to the Constitutional Court to appeal the decision. That was also dismissed in September 2005.

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