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Ex-Thai Airways official gets fat prison sentence for failing to pay excess baggage fees

Caitlin Ashworth



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You’ll never complain about excess baggage charges after reading this… The former chairperson for Thai Airways has been sentenced to 2 years in jail because he didn’t pay for 300 kilograms of excess baggage back in 2009. The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases says Wallop Bhukkanasut abused his authority as chairperson by ordering airline staff to change the stated weight of luggage so he could get out of paying excess baggage fees.

Wallop and his wife had taken a trip to Japan in November 2009. For his flight from Narita International Airport in Japan to Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Wallop used his position as Thai Airways chairperson to bring more than 300 kilograms of luggage onto the aircraft without paying fees for the extra weight.

Following a fact-finding investigation a few months later in early 2010, Wallop was ordered to pay the excess baggage charges and he resigned from his post as the airline’s executive chairperson.

Criminal charges were filed by the National Anti-Corruption Commission, or NACC, for violating Section 11 of the Act on Offences Committed by Officials of State Organisations or Agencies. The NACC also accused Wallop of accepting gifts from a private firm including Kobe beef and expensive fruit adding up to more than 3,000 baht.

The Court sentenced Wallop to 2 years in prison without suspension.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Wow…2 years for a bit access baggage and 3.000 thb presents.

    Maybe the guys who fixed the RR deal will get the death penalty ?

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 10:41 am

    I hope the present officials of government organisations take note.
    In ten years time they might go the prison for their corruption.
    Or, any chance of the officials who let the Red Bull boy racer go, being in court?
    Maybe, when this government’s out of office. This PM was paid a massive amount from Red Bull for a political party donation.

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    Mark Zuckerberg

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 1:47 pm

    Wallop gets slammed
    (my headline suggestion)

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    Joe Vance

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    My headline suggestion is: Wallop Gets Slammed with Two-Year Sentence

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    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 2:19 pm

    excellent job by the rank and file ground staff for making sure the records of the event were preserved and attention was drawn to it.

    Would appear it’s not only the students who are dissatisfied.

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    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Should the NACC still exist, it must be very busy at present !!!

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    Graham White

    Thursday, November 26, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Probably the least of his crimes, but the only one they can prove.

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    Honest John of CM

    Friday, November 27, 2020 at 8:39 am

    Why isn’t there a forensic Audit shared with the general public that really showed where the money went? Thb 3,000 give me a break who you kidding ?? Scapegoat for the Real Crooks !!

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    James Pate

    Monday, November 30, 2020 at 4:12 am

    When he gets out and goes back home, he’ll have to look at all that crap he and his wife brought back from Japan. What lovely reminders!

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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