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Doctor found guilty of unprofessional conduct

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APARTHEID-ERA chemical warfare expert Wouter Basson was yesterday found guilty of unprofessional conduct by the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

In a 30-page judgment handed down by the council’s professional conduct committee, chairman Jannie Hugo wrote that they found it was likely that Basson broke ethical rules.

During the six-year long enquiry, Basson presented nine arguments defending himself, including that he had acted as a soldier and not a doctor during a time of war and conflict.

Hugo stressed that while times of conflict presented serious challenges, it was especially important for doctors to stick to ethical rules during these periods.MamsBasson__324x240_B

Basson was the project officer of Project Coast, a secret biological and chemical warfare research project which allegedly violated international conventions.

Several residents of Mamelodi in Tshwane were present at the judgment. They said they believed their family members had been kidnapped by Project Coast in the 1980s.

Samuel Lerutla said: “Although we are relieved about this, it will not give me my brother’s bones.”

 

APARTHEID-ERA chemical warfare expert Wouter Basson was yesterday found guilty of unprofessional conduct by the Health Professions Council of South Africa.

In a 30-page judgment handed down by the council’s professional conduct committee, chairman Jannie Hugo wrote that they found it was likely that Basson broke ethical rules.

During the six-year long enquiry, Basson presented nine arguments defending himself, including that he had acted as a soldier and not a doctor during a time of war and conflict.

Hugo stressed that while times of conflict presented serious challenges, it was especially important for doctors to stick to ethical rules during these periods.

Basson was the project officer of Project Coast, a secret biological and chemical warfare research project which allegedly violated international conventions.

Several residents of Mamelodi in Tshwane were present at the judgment. They said they believed their family members had been kidnapped by Project Coast in the 1980s.

Samuel Lerutla said: “Although we are relieved about this, it will not give me my brother’s bones.”

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