No bail for former Thailand tourism chief

Corrupt and jailed - Juthamas Siriwan during 2004 Cannes Film Festival

The Appeal Court has rejected bail requests made by former Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Juthamas Siriwan and her daughter, citing the possibility that the defendants might flee the country due to the severity of their sentences for corruption.

On Wednesday, the Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases sentenced Jutha­mas to 50 years in prison for deman­ding and receiving a bribe of more than US$1.8mil (RM7.9mil) to enable an American business couple to get the rights to run the Bangkok Inter­national Film Festival.

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Her daughter Jittisopha was sentenced to 44 years in prison on the same charge.

Juthamas and Jittisopha were both put behind bars on Wednesday following a delay in the court’s ruling on their bail applications.

The pair sought release on bail, offering a guarantee of one million baht (RM128,000) each.

The primary court, however, passed on the bail request to the Appeal Court.

— The Nation/Asia News Network

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