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Tuesday, 25 January, 2000, 11:42 GMT
Apartheid scientist faces fraud charge

Testimony that apartheid scientist Wouter Basson defrauded the South African Government of millions of dollars was presented as his trial resumed on Monday.

Dr Basson, who headed the previous South African Government's chemical and biological weapons programme, is on trial in the Pretoria High Court on charges relating to murder, drugs and fraud.

Forensic auditor Hendrik Bruwer, a key state witness, submitted to the court an 800-page report on a six-year investigation into Dr Basson' activities.


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Mr Bruwer's testimony, expected to last for three weeks, is said to involve the acquisition of assets by companies owned or controlled by Dr Basson.

The auditor's investigation took him to the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland, Croatia and Luxembourg.

Bizarre testimony

Dr Basson's trial, which was adjourned in December, has heard gruesome and sometimes bizzare testimony regarding the apartheid state's attempts to eliminate or pacify its political enemies.

Witnesses have told the court that the doctor had been involved in the manufacture of illegal drugs such as ecstacy to help control angry crowds.

The trial follows hearings by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in which witnesses told of the development of chemical weapons, and substances designed to kill or sterilise black people only.

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