Who is “Dr. Death?” Walter Basson, as he is less commonly known, is a South African cardiologist who earned his nickname as the head of the country’s secret project, Project Coast. A tool of biological and chemical warfare, Project Coast was conducted during the nation’s era of apartheid, a period of legal segregation enforced by the National Party government from 1948 to 1994. After having been suspended from his military post with full pay in 1999, Basson was acquitted in 2002 of 67 criminal charges. Now, however, he faces further charges, bringing new implications for those still seeking resolution in the wake of apartheid.
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