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Hua Hin police to apply to search suspected abortion clinic

Feb 15. 2018
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By Apichat Hongsakul
The Nation

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Prachuap Khiri Khan police are gathering evidence to apply for a court’s permission to search a clinic suspected of providing illegal abortion services in Muang Hua Hin municipality, following the Tuesday discovery of four foetuses in garbage bins near a convenience store in Soi Hua Hin 68.

Hua Hin superintendent Pol Colonel Sitthichai Srisopacharoenrat said police were tracking a male suspect riding a motorcycle while carrying black plastic bags similar to those that held the previously discovered foetuses. The motorcyclist was tracked from the Huan Hin-Nong Plab road to the soi in the early hours of Tuesday.

Sitthichai made the comments following a two-hour meeting of case investigators and provincial police deputy chief Pol Colonel Damrongsak Thong-ngamtrakul on Thursday.

Police continued to trace CCTV camera footage to determine the suspect’s location and were gathering evidence needed to apply for a search warrant for a clinic located within a one-kilometre radius from where the foetuses were found, Sitthichai said.

The foetuses, with reported ages from eight weeks old to eight months old, were sent early Thursday to the Institute of Forensic Science to confirm whether they had been aborted, he added.

Abortion is illegal in Thailand except under three conditions – if a woman is raped, if the pregnancy affects her health or if the foetus is “abnormal”.

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