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21 January 2010 :: 11:01:42 am 9572

Ex-Governor of TAT Indicted in US on Corruption Charges

A former Thai tourism official and her daughter have been indicted for conspiracy and eight other counts. If convicted, the pair will face up to 20 years in prison.
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United States, the 20th of January 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Former Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor, Miss Juthamas Siriwan and her daughter Miss Jittisopa Siriwan was indicted on Tuesday for allegedly accepting brides from an American filmmaking couple in exchange for the running of the Bangkok International Film Festival.


It is alleged that Miss Siriwan and her daughter accepted approximately US$1.8 million in bribes from US film producers Gerald and Patricia Green between 2002 – 2007. US prosecutors stated that they had discovered several bank accounts in the United Kingdom and Singapore which Miss Siriwan and her daughter used to disguise the corrupt payments. The payments were made in order to assure the Green’s exclusive right to run the Bangkok International Film Festival, a rising star on the international circuit for screening new films, previously attracting the likes of Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irons and director Oliver Stone to Thailand.

The Green’s are alleged to have benefited to the tune of approximately US$13.5 million over the course of the 5 year period. The payments are alleged to have been made in cash, disguised as 10-20 percent sales commissions. The couple were convicted in September of conspiracy and money laundering. US prosecutors have stated that Gerald Green [78] could face up to 30 years in prison whilst his wife Patricia [55] could receive a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

Gerald Green paired with director Oliver Stone on “Salvador,” which was nominated for two Academy Awards, and served as executive producer on the Christian Bale-led “Rescue Dawn” in 2006. Patricia Green produced “Diamonds,” a comedy starring Kirk Douglas and Lauren Bacall, with her husband. Actor Michael Douglas wrote a letter supporting the Greens, saying the couple “was extremely honest and fair in all of their dealings with me.” Film producers Dino De Laurentiis and Mario Kassar also sent letters to the judge, pledging their support for Gerald Green.

The Greens are the first entertainment industry figures who have been convicted under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a federal statute prohibiting corrupt payments to foreign officials for business purposes.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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