Former Tourism Authority of Thailand governor, Ms Juthamas Siriwan, has been given a month to come forward and defend herself against allegations of taking bribes. The National Anti- Corruption Commission’s (“NACC”) Subcommittee investigating the 2007 Bangkok International Film Festival scandal said yesterday it completed compiling evidence on Nov 8 and Ms Juthamas had now been asked to put forward her case in person.
The former TAT governor has been indicted in the US for her role in the financing scandal. The head of international affairs at the Office of the Attorney-General, Mr Sirisak Tiyaphan, said the US had yet to request Ms Juthamas’s extradition, although Hollywood producers Gerald and Patricia Green had been found guilty of offences related to the scandal in August.
The US Justice Department said the Greens had paid $1.8 million in bribes to Ms Juthamas in exchange for contracts to run the Bangkok International Film Festival and other TAT projects.
According to prosecutors, Ms Juthamas was paid through bank accounts in Britain, Singapore and Jersey that were in the name of her daughter.