British Citizen Arrested In Bangkok With Six Foetuses

Thai police have arrested a British citizen born in Hong Kong for carrying six foetuses covered in gold leaf.

Thai police have arrested a British citizen born in Hong Kong for carrying six foetuses covered in gold leaf.

Thai police show the remains of six foetuses wrapped in gold leaf at a news conference in Bangkok following the arrest of a British citizen of Taiwanese origin at a hotel in the city’s Chinatown May 18, 2012

Chow Hok Kuen is thought to have been intending to use the human remains in black magic ceremonies.

The bodies of six babies were found stuffed into travel bags at a hotel in the Thai capital of Bangkok, where streetside fortune tellers offer tourists and locals ceremonies to reverse bad luck.

Wiwat Kumchumnan, sub-division chief of the police's children and women protection unit, told Reuters that the remains were of children between the ages of two and seven months.

Currently it is not clear where the bodies came from, but it is thought Mr Kuen was planning to smuggle the foetuses to nearby Taiwan.

The arrest came after police received a tip-off that the bodies of infants were being offered to a number of wealthy people via a website advertising black magic services.

Police revealed that the remains were being purchased for around £4,000 and could have been sold for six times that had they reached Taiwan.

Mr Kuen is facing up to a year in prison for being in possession of human remains and could be fined 2,000 baht (£40) if he is found guilty.