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Clinic denies role in sperm smuggling

Apr 24. 2017
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THE Jetanin Institute for Assisted Reproduction has denied playing a role in the attempted smuggling of sperm out of Thailand.

Dr Piyaphan Punyatanasakchai, who works at the fertility clinic in Bangkok, said on Monday that her clinic had only conducted blood and sperm tests for the 

 two foreigners linked to the smuggling case. 

“A Vietnamese [man] consulted us about infertility problems and has had his sperm checked. He only took test results with him, not sperm,” she said. 

Piyaphan said another clinic 

 sent in blood samples for tests, and the blood belonged to a Chinese man. 

“We don’t know what they did later,” she said, as a team from the Health Service Support Department (HSSD) dropped by to check. 

HSSD deputy director-general Dr Thongchai Keeratihuttayakorn said the Jetanin Institute had provided good cooperation in the investigation. 

Piyaphan said her clinic had already lodged a complaint with police against a person who linked its name to the sperm-smuggling scandal. 

Last week, a man was arrested in Nong Khai, the border province near Laos, for allegedly trying to smuggle human sperm out of the country. 

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