Green and wife plead not guilty, free on bail

“Rescue Dawn” producer Gerald Green and his wife Patricia are free on bail after pleading not guilty Tuesday to federal bribery charges in Los Angeles. The court set a trial date of Feb. 26.

The Greens were arrested Dec. 17 and indicted Jan. 17 on allegations of bribing a Thai government official to obtain lucrative contracts to run the annual international film festival in Bangkok, in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Gerald and Patricia Green, co-owners of Los Angeles-based Film Festival Management, were each charged with one count of conspiracy to bribe a foreign public official in violation of the FCPA and six substantive counts of violating the FCPA.

The charges stem from an alleged conspiracy to make more than $900,000 in bribes to a government official who headed the Tourism Authority of Thailand to obtain contracts to manage and operate the annual Bangkok Film Festival from 2002-07.

FBI affidavit does not name the official but clearly identifies her as the then-governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand and president of the festival, Juthamas Siriwan.

Siriwan, who has neither been charged in the U.S. nor in Thailand, has denied any suggestion of corruption. But the day after the charges against the Greens were made public, her political career took a dive and she resigned from the deputy chairmanship of the People’s Power Party.

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