Dr. Harry Miron, the Israeli owner of the Sabyc Fertility Clinic in Bucharest, claimed Monday that his actions were never motivated by greed, but rather based on "personal drama," namely his wife's experience with IVF.
Harry Miron, along with his son and 30 of their employees were arrested by Romanian authorities last week on suspicion of human egg and stem cell trafficking.
According to reports in the Romanian media, Sabyc Clinic is said to have grossed nearly €20 million in its years of operation.
Miron's attorney told the court that his client's wife was unable to conceive a child naturally, and that their private experience prompted him to specialize in in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and start the clinic. The couple eventually adopted their son Yair, who was also arrested. According to the defense, Yair Miron's biological parents were killed in a "military conflict."
The Bucharest Appellate Court heard Miron's appeal on their arrest Monday. Last week, the Bucharest court remanded both father and son to 29 days.