In countries with high corruption, powerful people are often accused of being corrupt when they lose power or fall out of favor. There’s almost always some element of truth to the charges, but those charges are used as a way for whomever is currently in power to go after their predecessors.
Decades of corruption is one of the reasons Thai Airways was teetering on bankruptcy, even before the Covid-19 pandemic.
However the airline’s former Chairman is just now receiving a two year sentence for activities dating to 2009: he abused his authority by not paying overweight bag fees on a trip home from Japan.
Wallop, while chairman of the board in 2009, was found to have abused his authority in ordering airline staff to change the stated weight of his luggage so he could evade charges for the excess [300 kg].
After an investigation he paid the bag fees – in 2010 – and lost his position. A decade ago. He also stood accused, by the way of “accepting gifts..from a private firm” worth $99.
Very few things in Thailand actually happen for the reasons that are stated. For instance, Thailand’s Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej was forced to resign by the country’s constitutional court for hosting cooking shows after he assumed office. Government ministers aren’t permitted to hold outside employment, and Samak accepted about $350 in reimbursement for transportation and ingredients.
The tradition of calling one’s predecessor corrupt, and prosecuting them, is a hallmark of banana republics and why, by the way, I do not favor a Biden Department of Justice pursuing any sort of charges against President Trump (if the current President does not issue himself a pardon).
(HT: Loyalty Lobby)