British activist returns to Thailand to face defamation charges

Bangkok, May 19 (IANS) A British labour rights activist on Thursday arrived in Thailand to face charges of criminal defamation and computer crimes in the latest trial against him

Thai pineapple firm, the Natural Fruit Company, filed the charges against Andy Hall, who is also a lawyer, EFE news reported.

Hall was greeted outside the Bangkok South Criminal Court by about 10 supporters, half of whom were Thais and half Myanmarese workers.

The activist tweeted that the 45-minute proceedings included witness testimony from one Natural Fruit witness, while another witness was sick, before the case hearing was adjourned until May 26.

Hall first faced legal action from the fruit company in 2013, when it filed computer crimes and civil and criminal defamation charges against him, following the publication of a report on Thai food production conditions.

The court dismissed those charges in 2014 and 2015.



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