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29 Oct 2014


Thailand: First criminal defamation case against rights defender Andy Hall dismissed – calls to drop 3 remaining cases continue

“Finnwatch researcher Andy Hall trial in Thailand: Charge is dismissed due to unlawful interrogation process”, 29 October 2014

The Prakanong Court in Bangkok dismissed defamation charges brought against Andy Hall by Natural Fruit…a pineapple export factory. Natural Fruit has launched multiple criminal and civil prosecution against the researcher and activist…as a result of his contribution to a Finnwatch report…The report revealed serious human rights violations at Natural Fruit's pineapple juice production facilities. According to the court decision the charge is dismissed due to unlawful interrogation process under section 120 of the criminal procedure code…The case verdict…is just the first of four cases filed against Andy Hall by Natural Fruit. The second case, a US$10m civil defamation case, will begin 30th of October at Nakhon Pathom Court. The third case, computer crimes act and criminal defamation charges, will proceed on 17th of November at the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court. Dates for a fourth US$4 million civil case have not yet been confirmed…

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Thailand: Public support for activist Andy Hall grows; trial for case filed by Natural Fruit begins 2 Sept.

Thai court indicts Andy Hall despite NGOs calls to drop charges brought by Natural Fruit; buyers approached