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Japanese man in Thailand baby surrogacy scandal hands over DNA samples

Published on Aug 18, 2014 7:26 PM
 
The lawyer of a Japanese man suspected of having fathered at least 12 babies using Thailand surrogate mothers submitted DNA samples to the Thai police on Monday in a bid to clear his name. -- PHOTO: THE NATION/ ASIA NEWS NETWORK

BANGKOK (Reuters) - The lawyer of a Japanese man suspected of having fathered at least 12 babies using Thailand surrogate mothers submitted DNA samples to the Thai police on Monday in a bid to clear his name.

The 24-year-old man, identified by police as a Japanese national who travelled frequently in and out Thailand, has not been charged.

His Thai lawyer Kong Suriyamonthon said his client wants to clear up the allegations against him. "It's a DNA sample, yes. He wants the truth to be known," Mr Kong told reporters on Monday, adding that he did not know whether his client would return to Thailand. He declined to confirm his client's whereabouts, but said the DNA samples had come from Japan.

Police Colonel Naiyawat Padermchit said at least 12 babies tested were fathered by the same man.

 
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