South African cardiologist Wouter Basson, founder and leader of a top-secret chemical- and biological-warfare program called Project Coast, has been called "the most diabolical aspect of apartheid" by Bishop Desmond Tutu. Finnegan writes of Basson's trial, which began in October 1999, for 67 counts of murder, conspiracy to murder, drug offenses and fraud. Among the work done by Project Coast: "research into a race-specific bacterial weapon; a project to find ways to sterilize the country's black population; discussion of deliberate spreading of cholera through the water supply...; the fatal poisoning of anti-apartheid leaders" and other programs.
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