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Hollywood executives jailed for Thai film festival bribery

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Two married Hollywood movie executives have been jailed for six months in Los Angeles for bribing Thai officials so they could run the Bangkok International Film Festival.

Gerald Green, 78, and Patricia Green 55, were sentenced to prison despite a supportive letter to the court from the veteran film star Kirk Douglas.

Mr Douglas said the couple “were extremely honest and fair in all of their dealings with me.”

The Greens were convicted of conspiracy and money laundering after a jury found they had paid a former Thai tourism official $1.8 million (£1.1 million) to secure the film festival rights, and other tourism-related deals, between 2002 and 2007.

The deals were said to have earned them more than $13 million (£8 million.)

Prosecutors said they created shell companies to pay off Juthamas Siriwan, former governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

They then transferred money into bank accounts of Juthamas’ daughter and a friend so they would be awarded business contracts.

Juthamas has denied any wrongdoing and has not been charged in Thailand. She and her daughter have been charged with conspiracy in Los Angeles.

The Greens helped transform the Bangkok Film Festival, attracting stars including Jeremy Irons and director Oliver Stone to Thailand for the event.

Gerald Green’s career in Hollywood spans more than 30 years. He worked with Stone on the Oscar-nominated “Salvador” and was executive producer on the 2006 film “Rescue Dawn” which starred Christian Bale.

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Hollywood executives jailed for Thai film festival bribery - Telegraph

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And what's happened to Siriwan, former governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (the person the jury found received the bribes)? Not a thing and maybe because he wears a yellow shirt.

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And what's happened to Siriwan, former governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (the person the jury found received the bribes)? Not a thing and maybe because he wears a yellow shirt.

Perhaps color coordination is important to those that judge?

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