Friday, May 18, 2012

Black Magic Rituals: British Man Arrested for Possession of Roasted Fetuses

Chow Hok Kuen, 28, a British citizen born in Hong Kong of Taiwanese parents, was arrested Thursday in Bangkok's Chinatown with the possession of a suitcase full of dead babies thought to have been used in a black magic rituals in Thailand, while he was trying to smuggle the corpses into Taiwan.

Thai police received a tip-off that fetuses were being sold to wealthy clients through a website advertising  black magic services.

'The bodies are of children between the ages of two and seven months. Some were found covered in gold leaf,' Wiwat Kumchumnan, sub-division chief of the police's Children and Women Protection unit, said.

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Human remains: Two of the six foetuses wrapped in gold leaf which were seized by police in Bangkok, Thailand. A British man has been arrestedMacabre: Thai police show the human remains at a news conference after British citizen Chow Hok Kuen was arrested

Police said the corpses had a number of religious threads and tattoos on them and that it was not clear where the bodies came from.

The corpses were bought from a Taiwanese national for 200,000 baht (£4,000) and could have been sold for six times that amount in Taiwan, police said.

Grim: The corpses had a number of religious threads on them and they are thought to have undergone a black magic ritualIn Thailand there is a grisly ritual known as 'Kuman Thong', where dead babies are surgically removed from their mother's womb and undergo a ceremonial ritual. But instead of burying them, they are roasted dry and covered with a lacquer before being painted with gold leaf.

Black magic rituals are still practised in Thailand, where street-side fortune tellers offer ceremonies to reverse bad luck.

Kuen faces one year in prison and a 2,000 baht fine (£40) if he is found guilty.

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