Juthamas Siriwan to be Indicted as Recipient of Bangkok Festival Bribes

The Thai government has announced that it will – finally – charge Juthamas Siriwan in connection with a bribery scandal at the now defunct Bangkok Film Festival.

The Office of the Attorney General described it as a 2010 case involving THB60 million (approx. $1.8 million).

Siriwan, the then governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, was financier of the festival and employed U.S. nationals Gerald and Patricia Green to run the festival between 2003 and 2006.

In 2009, the Greens were found guilty in a Los Angeles court of bribing Siriwan to the tune of $1.8 million, to obtain and retain the festival management contract. They were sentenced to six months of home detention and required to pay $250,000 of restitution.

At the Greens trial, the FBI presented large amounts of evidence including photocopies of checks showing that the Greens had paid money to Siriwan and her daughter Jittisopa in accounts in the UK, Jersey and Singapore.

Despite sending representatives to attend the trial of the Greens and evidence supplied by the U.S. investigators, the Thai authorities appeared for several years to show no interest in pursuing a case against Siriwan.

“A joint committee has been set up by the Office of the Attorney General and the National Anti-Corruption Commission to launch an investigation into the case. The committee has recently recommended that the former governor be indicted for her role in the alleged bribery,” the National News Bureau of Thailand reported Friday (Aug. 7).

Siriwan and her daughter now have 15 days to present themselves for indictment, or risk arrest.

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