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Embryo smuggler arrested at Indian airport

Reports say a Malaysian national was arrested at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai, after he was allegedly found with a human embryo in his luggage on 16 March.

After being apprehended by the Indian authorities, the man admitted that this was not his first time smuggling embryos.

He then led officials to a high-end In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) clinic in the city of Mumbai.

The man stated that he was taking the embryo to the clinic, when he was questioned by Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) representative Rebecca Gonsalves, who is investigating the case.

According to the Times of India, a number of messages backed up the Malaysian man’s claim were also found.

These claims were denied by Dr Goral Gandhi, specified as an embryologist who runs the clinic.

“The petitioner does not import embryos as part of her business.

“This is a conspiracy hatched by persons which may include competitors,” said Dr Gandhi’s lawyer, Sujoy Kantawalla.

The court ordered Dr Gandhi to present herself for an interview on Friday.

-BBC

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