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. In 2015, prosecutors 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.