Graft Agency Rules in Film Festival Case

The Bangkok Post reported on 24 August that: “[t]he National Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday formally ruled against former TAT governor Juthamas Siriwan in the film festival bribery case.”  The Americans involved in the film festival scandal were convicted in the U.S. for violating the FCPA and related charges and sentenced in September of last year.  It is often difficult in FCPA cases to charge foreign officials because the acts constituting an FCPA violation typically occur outside the U.S., but the U.S. authorities have become more aggressive in enforcing the FCPA in recent years, and they have started to use other U.S. laws to charge foreign officials.  In this matter, Ms. Juthamas Siriwan was indicted in the U.S. on conspiracy to money launder and other charges.  A copy of that indictment can be found here.