Supreme Court acquits labour rights activist Andy Hall

Supreme Court acquits labour rights activist Andy Hall

Andy Hall (file photo by Somchai Poomlard)
Andy Hall (file photo by Somchai Poomlard)

Sued four times for human rights report, lost one case & won another case dismissed once & for all by Supreme Court today.


Supreme Court acquits labour rights activist Andy Hall

Ariane Kupferman-Sutthavong

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed criminal defamation charges against British activist Andy Hall regarding his 2013 Al Jazeera interview on alleged labour violations at a big exporter of canned pineapple and juice, Natural Fruit company.

The Supreme Court's ruling upheld those of the Court of First Instance in 2014 and the Appeals Court in 2015, due to an unlawful investigation and the fact that the alleged offence was committed in Myanmar.


Mr Hall, a human rights activist and researcher, was sued in four criminal and civil cases by Natural Fruit.

The barrage of lawsuits were in response to a report detailing workers' rights abuse at the company's pineapple processing plant in Prachuap Khiri Khan province that he had submitted to Finnish non-governmental organisation (NGO) Finnwatch.

The report was published in early 2013. Natural Fruit is one of the world's top 10 exporters of canned pineapple and juice.


In September, the Bangkok Criminal Court found Mr. Hall guilty of criminal defamation and computer crimes in writing and publishing the report.

Mr. Hall was sentenced to three years in prison but the court suspended the sentence (given a suspended sentence).

The activist said he would appeal against the ruling.


The suit regarding the Al Jazeera interview is an additional case to the initial defamation case, filed against Mr Hall after the initial case was taken to court.

Mr Hall said he would file a counter-suit against the police, the government and Natural Fruit company for unlawful prosecution and perjury.

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  • abuse (noun): cruel, violent or unfair treatment, especially of someone who does not have the power to prevent it - การข่มเหง, การปฏิบัติไม่ดีต่อ
  • activist: someone who takes part in activities that are intended to achieve political or social change, especially someone who is a member of an organisation - นักกิจกรรม
  • additional: more; more than was first mentioned or is usual - ที่เพิ่มขึ้น
  • alleged: claimed to be true although not yet proven; claimed to have done something wrong but not yet proven - ที่ถูกกล่าวหา
  • appeal: a request to a court to change a decision by a lower court - อุทธรณ์
  • Appeals Court (noun): a court that decides requests that a decision made by a lower court be changed - ศาลอุทธรณ์
  • canned: preserved in a can - ที่บรรจุในกระป๋อง
  • case: a matter that is being officially investigated or heard by a court - คดี
  • civil: of a case filed a court that deals with non-criminal matters, especially complaints made by people against other people or organisations - คดีที่ยื่นฟ้องต่อศาลแพ่ง
  • commit: to do something wrong or illegal - ทำความผิด
  • counter-suit (noun): a lawsuit filed against someone who has previously filed a lawsuit against you - การฟ้องกลับ
  • court: the place where legal trials take place and where crimes, etc. are judged - ศาล
  • court of first instance: the court where the first trial was held, for a legal case that in being appealed in a higher court -
  • criminal: illegal; against the law - ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
  • criminal: relating to illegal acts - เกี่ยวกับอาชญากรรม
  • defamation: the offence of writing or saying something bad about someone that is not true and makes people have a bad opinion of them - การใส่ร้าย
  • detail (noun): the small facts or features of something - รายละเอียด, ส่วนเล็กๆ น้อยๆ, ส่วนย่อย
  • dismiss: to decide that a discussion or consideration should not continue - เลิก
  • due to: because of - เนื่องจาก
  • exporter (noun): a person, company or country that sells goods to another country - ผู้ส่งออก
  • guilty: having been decided by a court of law that you committed the crime your were accused of - มีความผิด
  • human rights: the basic rights which it is generally considered all people should have, such as justice and the freedom to say what you think - สิทธิมนุษยชน
  • initial: early; first - เบื้องต้น
  • investigation: the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something in order to discover who or what caused it or how it happened - การสอบสวน, การตรวจสอบหาข้อเท็จจริง
  • lawsuit: a case that a court is asked to decide involving a disagreement between two people or groups - คดีที่ยื่นฟ้องต่อศาล
  • non-governmental organisation (noun): non-governmental organisation, NGO, (a charity, association, etc. that is independent of government and business) - เอ็นจีโอ, องค์การนอกภาครัฐ
  • offence: a crime or illegal activity for which there is a punishment - การกระทำผิดกฎหมาย
  • perjury: the crime of telling a lie in court - การให้การเป็นพยานเท็จ
  • plant: a factory; a factory that produces power or processes chemicals, etc. - โรงงาน
  • prison: a place where criminals are put to stay for a period of time as punishment for a crime - คุก, ,เรือนจำ
  • processing (noun): treating raw material, food, etc. in order to change it, preserve it, etc - การแปรรูป
  • prosecution: the person or organisation that tries to prove in court that someone has committed a crime - อัยการ
  • province: one of many divisions of the government of a country into smaller parts - จังหวัด
  • publish: to make something available to the public through books, magazines, the Internet, etc. - เผยแพร่, จัดพิมพ์
  • researcher: a person who carriers out a careful study of a subject, especially in order to discover new facts or information about it - นักวิจัย
  • response: a reaction to something that has happened or been said - การตอบสนอง
  • right: a moral or legal claim to have or get something or to behave in a particular way - สิทธิ
  • ruling  (noun): a judgement; a decision by a court of law - คำตัดสิน คำชี้ขาด
  • sentence : (of a court of law) to give a punishment - ลงโทษ
  • submitted: formally given to someone so they can make a decision about it - ยื่นเอกสารเพื่อการพิจารณา
  • sue: to take legal action against a person or organisation, especially by making a legal claim for money because of some harm that they have caused you - ฟ้องร้อง
  • supreme court: the highest court in a country - ศาลฎีกา, ศาลสูงสุด
  • suspended sentence (noun): a situation when the court decides that the person who has been proven guilty of a crime does not have to undergo the punishment given, usually under certain conditions - รอลงอาญา
  • unlawful: against the law - ไม่ชอบด้วยกฎหมาย, ผิดกฎหมาย
  • upheld (verb): when a higher court said a lower court decision was ok and denied an appeal to reverse the court's decision - พิพากษายืนตามคำตัดสินหรือวินิจฉัยของศาลชั้นต้น
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