Bias a concern in 'Dr Death's' disciplinary hearing

Wouter Basson and his lawyers have approached the High Court to have proceedings halted.

FILE: South African former apartheid regime Chemical and Biological warfare expert Dr Wouter Basson. Picture: Sapa.

PRETORIA - Wouter Basson's legal team has raised a concern of potential bias after it emerged that the chairman of his disciplinary hearing is a member of an organisation calling for him to be struck from the roll.

The former chemical and biological weapons expert and his lawyers have approached the High Court to have proceedings halted until they obtain clarity about the chairman's involvement in various organisations.

Last year, the Health Professions Council of South Africa found Basson guilty of unprofessional conduct for his involvement in a chemical warfare programme in the 1980s.

Basson's advocate Jaap Cilliers started proceedings by questioning the hearing's chairman Jannie Hugo.

Hugo confirmed he was a member of the medical association but merely noted Cilliers's concerns and refused his request to stand the matter down until he produced a list of other organisations he belongs to.

Cilliers says he will ask the court to compel Hugo to produce the list.

Bio-ethicist professor Mark Blockman says he considered several aspects of the case against Basson.

He says Basson has shown no remorse.

Basson has until tomorrow to return to the hearings or the sentence argument phase of proceedings will be considered closed.