Ex-TAT Gov Opposes Motion to Continue Status Conference on Motion to Dimiss Indictment

On 26 July 2012 the U.S. government filed a motion requesting the continuance of a status hearing on the motion of Juthamas (the former Governor of the TAT) and Jittisopa (her daughter) Siriwan to dismiss the U.S. indictment against them on money laundering related charges in connection with a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) conviction of Gerald and Patricia Green.  The U.S. government said a continuance was needed because the U.S. had "not received a response from Thailand regarding extradition in this matter."

The status conference had been set in January of this year for 30 July 2012.  Counsel for the Siriwans filed a motion opposing the continuance saying the the Court should keep the motion on calendar and "address what further steps, if any, are necessary for its decision on the Motion to Dismiss."  In other words, rule on the motion without the response from Thailand that the U.S. had requested.

As for proceedings in Thailand, the 4 August 2012 edition of the Bangkok Post reports that the Thai Office of Attorney General has "not concluded the case because some Thai evidence has not been compiled."

When a decision by either the U.S. Court or Thai authorities become publicly available, we will report on it here. For background on the protracted motion practice in connection with U.S. indictment of the Siriwans, visit the achieves of the anti-corruption section of the Knowledge part of our website here.