South Korea storms clone cult

AFP, Dec. 30, 2002

South Korean prosecutors said on Monday they had stormed the local offices of the Raelian movement, the sect that announced in the United States last week it had produced the world’s first human clone.

Prosecutors said they were probing possible Korean involvement in the case and had banned two South Korean Raelian leaders from travelling abroad.

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A prosecution official said questioning was still underway of Raelian members belonging to the local affiliate of Clonaid, a US-based firm run by the Raelian sect.

Clonaid’s Korean subsidiary, BioFusion Tech Inc based in the southern city of Daegu, has been under investigation since July after it said three South Korean women were involved in a human cloning experiment and one of them was pregnant with a cloned foetus.

“The investigators broke through windows into my house and the offices in Seoul and Daegu to seize documents,” BioFusion spokesman Kwak Gi-Hwa told AFP.

Kwank, who has been summoned three times by prosecutors for questioning since the probe began, said that he and the president of BioFusion are banned from leaving the country.

Seoul’s Yonhap news agency said prosecutors had also interrogated a South Korean woman who has signed up for the cloning experiment.

Clonaid created global controversy last week when it announced the birth of what it said was the world’s first clone, a baby girl named Eve.

Clonaid, based in Las Vegas, Nevada, was founded in 1997 by the Raelians, who claim 55,000 followers worldwide. The Raelians believe life on Earth was established by extra-terrestrials who arrived in flying saucers 25,000 years ago and cloned humans.


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