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Juthamas invited to defend bribe allegations

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Former Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Juthamas Siriwan has been given until early next 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.

The head of international affairs at the Office of the Attorney-General, 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.

Prosecutors said the Greens had an “orchestrated, sophisticated scheme” involving fake receipts, shell companies and cash payments, and netted $14 million from the contracts.

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via Bangkok Post

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