Hot! Death Penalty For Corruption in Thailand

Anyone engaging in corrupt activity in Thailand could now face the death penalty, in accordance to new anti-corruption legislation passed by the Thai military government, reports the Bangkok Post.

Image Credit: Nicola Sapiens De Mitri (Flickr)

Image Credit: Nicola Sapiens De Mitri (Flickr)

The Anti-Corruption Act of 1999 has been amended to state that serious acts of corruption can now see the convicted at risk of death by lethal injection.

If found guilty of corruption, one can expect five to 20 years or life imprisonment, a fine of up to Bt400,000, and in the most serious cases, death. The sentence ruling will depend on the amount the offense costs the Kingdom of Thailand.

It’s not completely obvious where the thresholds are in accordance with the different sentences, however Human Rights Activist Veera Somkwamkid feels that anyone found guilty of costing the state more than Bt5 million (about USD150,000) should be executed.

Click here for details of the Thai corruption laws, and the amended Anti-Corruption Act in Thai.

Non-Thai’s may also be liable to their own country’s laws, as well as the law in Thailand. For example, in the USA, this would be the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and in the UK the Bribery Act, 2010.

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