Thai court acquits British migrant rights activist

Supreme Court throws out defamation case filed against Andy Hall by fruit conglomerate he accused of rights abuses

Thai court acquits British migrant rights activist

World Bulletin / News Desk

Two months after losing a defamation case filed by Thailand's largest fruit canning conglomerate, a British migrant rights activist has won a similar case against the same company.

Early Thursday, Thailand's Supreme Court threw out a defamation case filed by the Natural Fruit Company, which Hall had accused of committing widespread labor abuses in a 2013 research report.

The ruling related to an interview Hall later gave to Al Jazeera in which he detailed the earlier defamation suit filed by the conglomerate.

"This [suit] was an injustice against me," Hall said after Thursday's ruling.

Hall is out on appeal after a lower court found him guilty in September of the earlier case and gave him a suspended jail sentence.

The 2013 report, commissioned by Finland-based watchdog Finnwatch, detailed alleged rights abuses of Myanmar nationals at the company, including unpaid overtime, unsafe conditions and the confiscation of passports.

Natural Fruit Company is a Thai privately owned fruit wholesaler, specializing in canned pineapple and pineapple juice concentrate.

Last Mod: 03 Kasım 2016, 10:01
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