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Supreme Court acquits labour rights activist Andy Hall

BAGKOK: The Supreme Court today (Nov 3) dismissed criminal defamation charges against British activist Andy Hall regarding his 2013 Al Jazeera interview on alleged labour violations at a big exporter of canned pineapple and juice.

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Thursday 3 November 2016, 02:38PM


Andy Hall. Photo: Somchai Poomlard
Andy Hall. Photo: Somchai Poomlard

The Supreme Court’s ruling upheld those of the Court of First Instance in 2014 and the Appeals Court in 2015, due to an unlawful investigation and the fact that the alleged offence was committed in Myanmar.

Mr Hall, a human rights activist and researcher, was sued in four criminal and civil cases by Natural Fruit after he had submitted to Finnish non-governmental organisation Finnwatch a report detailing workers’ rights abuse at the company’s pineapple-processing plant in Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

The report was published in early 2013. Natural Fruit is one of the world’s top 10 exporters of canned pineapple and juice.

Last September, the Bangkok Criminal Court found him guilty of criminal defamation and computer crimes in writing and publishing the report.

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He was sentenced to three years in prison but the court suspended the sentence. The activist said he would appeal against the ruling.

The suit ruled today regarding the Al Jazeera interview that it is considered as unrelated and was filed against Mr Hall after the initial case was taken to court.

Mr Hall said he would file a counter-suit against the police, the government and Natural Fruit for unlawful prosecution and perjury.

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Rorii | 06 November 2016 - 17:05:46

Joe12, nice to see you have raised your head again, perhaps you can enlighten us "He gave a factually incorrect rendition of what was occurring" what was the incorrect rendition you are referring to. Don't be scared, we are ALL interested in what you say..

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Joe12 | 05 November 2016 - 23:03:52

Kurt...no he wasn't standing for the misuse of labour. He gave a factually incorrect rendition of what was occurring. Don't know how you arrive at Thailand being a feudal nation, you had better get your facts right. The EU or anywhere else would not be concerned about who they bought their goods from so long as they were cheap. 

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Kurt | 03 November 2016 - 16:58:02

Congratulations to Mr Hall, who did stand for the miss use of labour by industrials!!

Unlawful investigation!! That is the most striking!

Government and Natural Fruit now can lick there wounds that such labor miss use was/still is possible, a feudal class society matter in Asia.

Let us hope that EU not want to import any product of this firm any longer.

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