Central Corruption Court sentences ex-TAT governor and daughter to 66 and 44 years respectively for corruption

The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases today sentence the former governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Juthamas Siriwan and her daughter to 66 and 44 years in prison after finding them guilty of corruption.

The court also ordered the confiscation of their 62 million baht in assets derived from their misbehaviours in getting the funds.

The ex-governor Juthamas Siriwan was indicted the Office of Attorney-General (OAG) two years ago for an alleged 60 million baht bribe in relation to the Bangkok International Film Festival scandal.

The OAG and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) had accused Juthamas of taking bribes from a Los Angeles film-making couple who were awarded a contract to organise the film events in Bangkok between 2003-2006 without going through a proper bidding process.

The NACC launched the investigation into Juthamas after alleging she had become unusually wealthy by using her role as TAT governor to acquire inappropriate assets.

At today's hearing the court handed down six years for each count of the crimes they committed.

As Juthamas was accused of 11 counts if charges, her total imprisonment term was 66 years, while her daughter Ms Jitsopha was given four years for the same counts of charges. She gets 44 years in total.

However as maximum sentence for jailterm us set by law at 50 years, Juthamas will serve 50 years in prison and her daughter 44 years.

After the sentence, their lawyer posted one million baht each as bail from the court. It was not yet known if their bails would be granted by the court or not.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)