An ex-governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Monday for allegedly accepting bribes from organizers of an international film festival back in the early 2000s.
Juthamas Siriwan, 73, was found guilty by the lower courts of up to 11 charges, including collusion, malfeasance, and bribery. The conviction was reaffirmed by the Supreme Court on Monday, ending decades of court saga that saw involvement from the FBI and the U.S. Justice Department.
Juthamas was sent back to prison upon hearing the verdict; she has been incarcerated since 2017, when the appeal court found her guilty of the charges and denied her bail.
She served as the governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand from 2002 to 2006.
According to the prosecutors, Juthamas demanded 1.8 million U.S. dollars from an American film producer couple, Gerald and Patricia Green, in exchange for a contract to organize the annual Bangkok International Film Festival from 2002 to 2007.
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