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The Southern Bangkok Criminal Court held the first hearing yesterday on fruit juice maker Natural Fruit's defamation lawsuit against researcher Andy Hall, with the defendant absent from proceedings. 

The court, unable to subpoena Mr Hall through his employer, approved Natural Fruit's request to issue an order to the Immigration Bureau to provide the entry and departure records for the defendant, who is also a migrant rights activist.

Mr Hall's former employer Mahidol University had informed the Office of Foreign Workers Administration they had ended his contract and so could not deliver the subpoena to the defendant.

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