Amazing Thailand - Ex Tourism Authority (TAT) Governor gets fifty years prison for corruption. TAT has always hated backpackers, beach party people and heavy drinkers who come to Thailand for the nightlife. They use all their money to promote prim and proper tourism. Tourists should come for Thailand’s culture. They should watch Thai Classical Dancing for Tourists at their hotel (performed by factory workers who do not have any idea what they are doing) then go off in a Tour Bus to one of the new, built for Tourists, temples (made of steel reinforced concrete with no monks in residence). TAT has paid advertising agencies to come up with some truly spectacular slogans such as “Thailand – the Land of Smiles” and “Amazing Thailand”.
It seems that prim and proper Juthamas Siriwan, the former Governor of TAT, took a prim and proper bribe of 60 million baht from a couple of Americans for a prim and proper film festival contract. Like most officials on the take, Juthamas sought to hide the money in her Daughter’s account, but, Amazing Thailand, her Daughter has been given 44 years in the prison. So, they are both off to the Land of Smiles.
The Story from the Nation (29 March):
Ex-TAT governor Juthamas jailed for 50 years for corruption
The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases on Wednesday sentenced former Tourism Authority of Thailand governor Juthamas Siriwan to 50 years in prison for demanding and receiving a bribe of more than Bt60 million so an American business couple could manage the Bangkok International Film Festival.
Juthamas’ daughter, Jittisopha, was sentenced to 44 years in jail on the same charge. The court also ruled to confiscate the Bt62 million from them.
The mother and daughter avoided the media at the Criminal Court. Prosecutors last year indicted Juthamas, 70, and Jittisopha, 43, for seeking the kickback from the American couple. Juthamas was TAT governor in 2005 when the kickback was allegedly paid.