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Thai clinic's services suspended amid surrogacy probe

Published on Aug 19, 2014 10:06 AM
Surrogate babies that Thai police suspect were fathered by a Japanese businessman who has fled from Thailand are shown on a screen during a news conference at the headquarters of the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (THE NATION/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Police on Monday suspended obstetrics and gynaecology services at a Lat Phrao clinic for 60 days pending investigation into reports that it provided surrogacy services.

The clinic allegedly provided services to 1,000 Thai and foreign customers over the past four years.

Boonreung Trireungwarawat, director-general of the Health Support Department, who led officials to inspect the Lat Phrao clinic, said three charges would be filed against the owner this week - operating a medical facility without proper documentation, neglecting to supervise medical personnel at the clinic to abide by medical professional regulations and doctors there to violate Medical Council regulations.

Meanwhile Mitsutoki Shigeta, the Japanese man believed to have fathered at least 16 babies via Thai surrogate mothers, said he wanted as many children as possible to "help take care of his business and heritage", a source said.

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