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Thai court orders immediate issuance of arrest warrant for Andy Hall

Bangkok South Criminal Court...ordered for the immediate issuance of an arrest warrant for Andy Hall with a view to ensuring Hall’s attendance in the court to hear a verdict of the Appeals Court on multiple appeals against his September 2016 criminal conviction...The court was originally expected to read the appeals verdict today [24 Apr 2018] but the hearing on the appeal was instead adjourned until 31st May 2018 given Hall did not attend the court in person.  Andy Hall is currently no longer resident in Thailand and attests that he was not formally summonsed to attend the Court today through any official or lawful channels...On 20th September 2016, Andy Hall was sentenced to four years' imprisonment (reduced by one year and suspended by two years) and ordered to pay a fine of 200,000 baht (reduced to 150,000 baht) following his conviction on criminal defamation and Computer Crimes Act charges...Andy Hall left Thailand shortly after his conviction...Natural Fruit also appealed the verdict in December 2016 seeking an immediate custodial sentence against Hall.  An Appeals Court’s decision can be further appealed to Thailand’s Supreme Court...Should Andy Hall fail to appear at Bangkok South Criminal Court again on 31st May 2018, the Appeals Court verdict may be read in absentia...

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