Siriwan Case Hits Snag over Extradition - Corruption Currents - WSJ


Prosecutors were told in a closely watched corruption case that the extradition to the U.S. of a Thai official to face money laundering charges has been postponed as Thailand conducts its own probe.

In court papers filed last Thursday, prosecutors said they received a letter dated Nov. 9 from Thailand’s acting attorney general that said Bangkok is gathering its own evidence in the case before it completes a probe deciding whether to allow the extradition of Juthamas Siriwan, the former governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and her daughter Jittsopa Siriwan, to the U.S.

Therefore, the letter said, “we must postpone the extradition process of both persons as requested by the U.S. government…”

Prosecutors contended, however, that the postponement doesn’t constitute a denial of extradition, nor does it form a claim of sole jurisdiction over the allegations.