27 Jan '11, 10am

A Thai court has jailed an undertaker for 20 years for helping to hide 2,002 illegally aborted foetuses

A Thai court has jailed an undertaker for 20 years for helping to hide 2,002 illegally aborted foetuses

Rescuers discovered foetuses in the mortuary storage area of a Buddhist temple in central Bangkok. -- PHOTO: AFP BANGKOK - A THAI court has jailed an undertaker for 20 years for helping to hide 2,002 illegally aborted foetuses discovered in a Bangkok temple last year, an official said on Thursday. Suchart Phumee was initially sentenced to two months for each of the corpses after pleading guilty to two charges of concealing the bodies and assisting illegal abortion clinics, said state prosecutor Rucha Krairiksha. The cumulative sentences amounted to 333 years. But the 38-year-old, who worked at the Phai Ngern Buddhist temple where the corpses were hidden, saw his sentence lowered to 20 years, ten years for each charge, the maximum penalty under Thai law. A second suspect, Suthep Chabangbon, denied the charges. 'The court sentenced him to 20 years and asked the prosecutor to...

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