Im­por­tant Amend­ments to the Counter- Cor­rup­tion Act

Thai-American Business (T-AB) Magazine - - Legal Updates -

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Tilleke & Gib­bins at bangkok@ tilleke. com.

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