Two of six charges against Dr. Wouter Basson dropped

The Health Professions' Council in South Africa has dropped two of six charges against Dr. Wouter Basson, the apartheid government's chemical and biological warfare chief.
Basson was acquitted of 46 criminal charges in 2002, including fraud, drug offenses, conspiracy to commit murder and murder. The HPC brought charges against him in 2007 as well, Times Live reports.

On Tuesday. the prosecution dropped charges that Basson allegedly manufactured incapacitating drugs such as methaqualone, ecstasy and tear gas and tested them on members of the defense force and police in the 1980s and took the job of leading the SA Defense Force's covert chemical and biological warfare research program called Project Coast, according to Times Live.
The prosecution said that it had no evidence to support the charges of testing drugs on police because there were no known victims.
"For instance, we do not have proof that these drugs were tested on humans, but we are of the view that the remaining charges relate to serious [ethical] contraventions and there are good chances of getting a conviction," Salie Joubert of the prosecution said, according to Times Live.
The remaining unethical conduct charges against Basson relate to allegedly establishing a secret chemical warfare research laboratory for the Delta G defense force where incapacitating drugs and tear gas were manufactured on a large scale and placing that gas in 120mm mortar shells. Basson is also accused of providing tranquilizers to the defense force for cross-border kidnappings and providing operatives with cyanide capsules to commit suicide if they were in danger of being captured.
Basson pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, Times Live reports.
Basson did, however, concede that he had developed chemicals for the apartheid regime but said that they had never been used.
"If there were victims, I would be in jail now," Basson said, according to Times Live.