Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wouter Basson : South Africa's 'Dr. Death' could be struck off the medical roll:

JOHANNESBURG — In South Africa, they call him "Dr. Death."

Wouter Basson, the head of the apartheid government's secret germ and chemical warfare program, Project Coast, escaped conviction for drug possession, conspiracy and murder when a judge acquitted him in 2002.

He was accused of trying to create poisons that were lethal only to blacks.

But more than 20 years after he ran Project Coast, his bid for a quiet life as a cardiologist in Cape Town is under threat. Basson is facing an inquiry by the Health Professions Council of South Africa for unethical conduct. If found guilty, Basson could be struck off the medical roll.
He is charged with manufacturing illegal drugs in the 1980s and 1990s, some of which were allegedly used against apartheid activists abducted by apartheid security forces.

Much of what Basson did was top secret. He argued in his 2002 trial that he was only following orders during his years employed by the apartheid military from 1981 to 1993....read more