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Apartheid-Era Chemical Weapons Chief Acquitted

April 12, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

A white judge appointed by South Africa's apartheid government acquitted the former head of its chemical and biological weapons program of 46 counts of murder, fraud and drug dealing.

Dr. Wouter Basson was accused of, among other things, directing a program to create deadly bacteria and anti-fertility drugs that would affect only blacks.

Prosecutors, who had accused the judge of blatantly favoring the defendant throughout the 2 1/2-year trial, said they would appeal.

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