Important Amendments to the Counter- Corruption Act
The Thai government has recently amended the Organic Act on Counter- Corruption B. E. 2542 ( 1999) ( Amendments). The Amendments, which became effective on July 12, 2015, are part of the government’s broader anti- corruption legislative and policy initiative. The Amendments provide that a legal entity, such as a company, can be criminally liable for the bribery offenses of its employees, agents, and others acting on behalf of the company. The Amendments also extend coverage of the anti- corruption law to foreign state officials and workers of international organizations. The Amendments also revise the time limitations in which a case can be brought for bribery offenses. When someone accused of violating the anti- corruption law leaves Thailand or goes into hiding, the prescription period will automatically stop. With this revision, people accused of corruption- related offenses cannot simply “wait out” the prescription period, and then either re- enter Thailand or appear in public again.
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