UPDATE2: Prison cell, no bail for Thaksin tourism boss

UPDATE2: Prison cell, no bail for Thaksin tourism boss

Former Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Juthamas Siriwan, wearing a face mask, keeps her eyes lowered while her daughter Jittisopha shields her face as they are taken to a cell  at the Central Women's Correctional Institution on Wednesday after being given lengthy jail terms for accepting bribes. (File photo by Patipat Janthong)
Former Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Juthamas Siriwan, wearing a face mask, keeps her eyes lowered while her daughter Jittisopha shields her face as they are taken to a cell at the Central Women's Correctional Institution on Wednesday after being given lengthy jail terms for accepting bribes. (File photo by Patipat Janthong)

Thaksin's tourism boss & daughter will sit in prison cell, not comfort of home, during likely long appeal.

CORRUPTION & PUNISHMENT

UPDATE2: Prison cell, no bail for Thaksin tourism boss

31/03/2017
Online Reporters

The Appeal Court on Friday rejected bail requests by former Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Juthamas Siriwan and her daughter Jittisopha.

This means that the mother-daughter pair, found guilty of using the position of national tourism boss during the Thaksin administration to personally pocket over 60 million baht in bribes, will be sitting in a prison cell rather than the comfort of their home in what could be a lengthy appeal process.

Bail was rejected on the grounds the mother-daughter pair were deemed flight risks due to the severity of their prison sentences for taking bribes.

At least some of the bribe money is also stashed away in foreign bank accounts and has not reclaimed by the Thai government yet, so fleeing Thailand would be a likely outcome of bail.

Their lawyer, Thanakorn Waekwaree, initially filed a request for bail, offering surety of one million baht cash for each of his clients, pending appeal.

The pair were put behind bars on Wednesday evening pending the Appeal Court’s decision on their bail requests.

The court’s decision to reject their requests was read out on Friday.

The duo were sent back to the Central Women's Correctional Institution to serve their jail terms.

Update based on information in Bangkok Post article here.

Tourism Minister Juthamas in happier days with boss then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.

CORRUPTION

UPDATED: 50 years in prison for Bangkok Film Festival corruption

24/03/2017
Online Reporters

Former Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) governor Juthamas Siriwanm, 70, was sentenced to 50 years in prison today.

Jittisopha, 43, her daughter, received a 44-year prison sentence for ill-gotten wealth that her mother transferred to her.

A total of 62 million baht in assets will also be confiscated from the mother-daughter pair.

Only last week, the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) had decided to seize Juthamas's assets for being 'unusually rich' and having used her government position to gain wealth.

UPDATE: TO BAIL OR NOT TO BAIL? MOTHER-DAUGHTER PAIR DECLARED FLIGHT RISK

After the sentencing a request for bail was, of course, made pending appeals that could take a very very long time, a decade is not unheard of, and then flight from the country if it looks like the two are really heading for a stay in prison.

But this time the chief justice declared that the mother-daughter pair were a flight risk because of the heavy penalties imposed.

And there is always the good possibility (or even eventual certainty) of a pardon, so few probably expect the two to serve even a fraction of their long sentence.

Then Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Juthamas Siriwan in happier days (third from left) partying with local celebrities and entertainment industry executives at a gala opening for the 2006 Bangkok International Film Festival on Feb 20, 2006. (Photo by Apichit Jinakul)

AMERICAN COUPLE WENT TO JAIL AGES AGO FOR BRIBERY 

Back in 2010 the Los Angeles film-making couple Patricia, 58, and Gerald Green, 78, were sent to prison for six months in the US for bribing Thai tourism boss Juthamas to secure the annual Bangkok Film Festival from which they made millions of dollars in profits.

The couple also had to serve an additional home detention and made restitution of $250,000.

After bribing the Thai tourism boss an alleged US$1.8 million (63.3 million baht), the US couple was awarded a 60-million-baht contract to host the annual Bangkok International Film Festival between 2003 and 2006.

The Green couple were the first entertainment industry figures to be convicted and serve a prison term under a US law that prohibits bribes to foreign officials for business purposes.

Former Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Juthamas Siriwan and her daughter (not in picture) are taken to Klong Prem prison from the Criminal Court on Wednesday. (Photo by Patipat Janthong)

FREEZING & SEIZING JUTHAMAS ASSETS STASHED IN US BANK ACCOUNTS

Mrs Juthamas was first indicted by the Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) in August 2015.

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has contacted US authorities to freeze the assets and will ask the US to transfer them to Thai state coffers under the United Nations Convention against Corruption in 2004 and other agreements.

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1220548/nacc-to-seize-assets-of-tat-ex-governor-juthamas

http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-10963317

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangkok_International_Film_Festival

http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/1224571/appeal-court-denies-bail-for-ex-tat-governor-daughter

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Vocabulary

  • administration: the government of a country - รัฐบาล
  • alleged: claimed to be true although not yet proven; claimed to have done something wrong but not yet proven - ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
  • annual: happening every year - ทุกๆปีด, ประจำปี
  • appeal: a request to a court to change a decision by a lower court - อุทธรณ์
  • Appeal Court (Court of Appeal) : a court that decides requests that a decision made by a lower court be changed - ศาลอุทธรณ์ 
  • asset: a thing of value - สิ่งที่มีคุณค่า
  • award (verb): to officially give someone a contract - ให้, มอบให้
  • bail: money that is given to a court when someone is allowed to stay out of prison until their trial. If they do not return for the trial, the court keeps the money  - เงินประกัน; การประกันตัว
  • behind bars: in prison - การจำคุก
  • bribe: money or a present given to someone so that they will help you doing something dishonest or illegal - สินบน
  • bribe: to give money or presents to someone so that they will help you by doing something dishonest or illegal - ติดสินบน
  • cell: a small room where a prisoner is kept - ห้องขังนักโทษ
  • certainty: a thing that is certain or sure - สิ่งที่แน่นอน, ความแน่นอน
  • client: a customer or someone who receives services of a lawyer - ลูกความ
  • coffers (noun): places where money is kept - กองเงิน
  • confiscated: officially taken away as a punishment - ยึดทรัพย์
  • contact (noun): having communication with someone - การติดต่อ การสัมผัส
  • contract: an official written agreement - สัญญา
  • convicted: having been proven guilty of a crime by a court of law - ต้องโทษ, ได้รับการพิสูจน์ว่าข้อกล่าวหามีความผิดจริง
  • correctional institution: prison, jail -
  • couple: two people who are married or are involved in a romantic relationship - คุ่รัก
  • court: the place where legal trials take place and where crimes, etc. are judged - ศาล
  • decade: a period of ten years - ทศวรรษ
  • decide (verb): to think carefully about the different possibilities that are available and choose one of them - ตัดสินใจ
  • declare: to announce officially - ประกาศ
  • deemed: considered - เห็นว่า ถือว่า
  • detention (noun): forced to stay in a place - การกักตัว
  • due to: because of - เนื่องจาก
  • duo: pair; two people (or things) who compete together as a team, work together or do something together - คู่
  • entertainment industry: the business involved with performances that people enjoy - ธุรกิจบันเทิง
  • eventual: at the end of a period of time or at the end of a process - ในที่สุด
  • figure: someone who is important in some way - บุคคลสำคัญ
  • flee: to leave a place or person quickly because you are afraid of possible danger - หนี อพยพ
  • flight (noun): running away from a place where there is danger - การหนี, การหลบหนี
  • flight risk: someone who is likely to try to escape to avoid being punished -
  • former: of or in an earlier time; before the present time or in the past - อดีต, แต่ก่อน
  • fraction (noun): a small part of something - ส่วนน้อย, จำนวนเล็กน้อย
  • governor: a person who is chosen to be in charge of the government of a state or province or a government agency - ผู้ว่าการรัฐ, ผู้ว่าราชการจังหวัด
  • host: to provide the space and other things necessary for a special event - ทำหน้าที่เป็นเจ้าภาพ, เป็นผู้จัดรายการ
  • ill-gotten (adj): of money or property that someone obtained in an illegal or dishonest way - โดยทุจริต, โดยมิชอบด้วยกฎหมาย
  • impose: to force someone to accept something - กำหนด,บังคับ
  • indicted (verb): officially accused someone of a serious crime - ถูกฟ้องร้อง
  • initially: at first - ในเบื้องต้น
  • jail term: the length of time a person is required to spend in jail -
  • National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC): An independent government organisation to investigate corruption carried out by government officials - ปปช. (สำนักคณะกรรมการป้องกันและปราบปรามการทุจริตแห่งชาติ)
  • not unheard of: is possible; has happened in the past -
  • officials: people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
  • on the grounds: for the reason - ด้วยเหตุผลว่า
  • outcome: a result - ผล
  • pair: two of something - คู่
  • pardon: an official decision to forgive someone for committing a crime and to free them from full or further punishment or to have their punishment reduced - การอภัยโทษ
  • pending: waiting to be dealt with, settled or completed - ยังค้างอยู่, ซึ่งยังไม่จบสิ้น, อยู่ในระหว่าง
  • personally: used for saying that you talking about yourself or are giving your own opinion - โดยส่วนตัว
  • pocket: to take or keep something, especially an amount of money, that does not or should not belong to you - เก็บเข้ากระเป๋า
  • position: a job - ตำแหน่ง
  • possibility: the fact that something might exist or happen, but is not certain to - สิ่งที่เป็นไปได้
  • prison: a place where criminals are put to stay for a period of time as punishment for a crime - คุก, ,เรือนจำ
  • prison sentence: a prison term; a length of time someone is required to stay in prison - ระยะเวลาที่จำคุก
  • prohibit: to not allow; to ban - ห้าม
  • purposes (noun): the intentions, aims or functions of something; the things that something is supposed to achieve - จุดประสงค์, เป้าหมาย, วัตถุประสงค์
  • reject: to not accept something - ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ
  • reject: to not agree with a request, offer or proposal - ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ, ไม่เห็นชอบ
  • request: an act of asking for something in a formal or polite way - การขอร้อง
  • restitution (noun): money you pay back to someone for injury or damage you caused them - การชดใช้, การใช้คืน
  • secure (verb): to get or achieve something - ได้มา
  • seize (verb): to take something using force - ยึด, จับกุม
  • sentence : (of a court of law) to give a punishment - ลงโทษ
  • sentencing (noun): when the court announces the prison sentence, the amount of time someone found guilty of a crime will stay in prison or how much they have to pay - การกำหนดโทษ
  • serve a prison term: to spend time in prison as a punishment - มารับโทษจำคุก
  • severity: seriousness - ความรุนแรง
  • state: government - รัฐบาล
  • surety: money given as a promise that you will pay a debt, appear in court, etc - การค้ำประกัน
  • Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) (noun): The Thai government agency that promotes and oversees the Thai tourism sector - การท่องเที่ยวแห่งประเทศไทย
  • transfer: to move from one person/thing to another - ส่งผ่าน, ถ่ายทอด
  • transfer: to officially arrange for someone else to be the owner of something - โอน
  • unusually: different from what is usual or normal - ผิดปกติ
  • wealth: a large amount of money, property, etc. that a person or country owns - ความมั่งคั่ง
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