A pre-trial hearing starts in Canada on Wednesday to determine the mental competence of the former head of psychiatry at 1 Military Hospital in Pretoria, Dr Aubrey Levin, who faces 10 charges of sexually abusing male patients.

The former South African psychiatrist headed a controversial programme at the hospital during the apartheid years, designed to “cure” gay soldiers with shock therapy, Beeld reported on Tuesday.

The charges against him had all been brought by former patients — mostly prisoners, for whom he provided psychiatric counselling on behalf of the Canadian government.

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