Foreign officials convicted of graft in Thailand liable to death under new anti-corruption law

Thailand has enacted a new anti-corruption law that extends a maximum penalty of capital punishment to foreigners as well as Thais.

Previous legislation provided various punishments, including a possible death penalty, for Thai officials convicted of bribery, though apparently no one was ever executed for the crime. The new statutes, which took effect July 9 and are part of a separate anti-corruption law, extend those punishments to non-Thais working for foreign governments and international organizations.

The military government that took power after the ouster of an elected civilian government last year has said countering corruption is one of its major goals.