Thai court rejects defamation case against UK labor activist

AP News
Posted: Nov 02, 2016 11:46 PM

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's top court has dismissed a criminal defamation case against British labor activist Andy Hall brought by a local fruit canning company and the attorney general.

The Supreme Court said Thursday it was throwing out an appeal by the attorney general and Natural Fruit Co. Ltd. against a decision by lower courts exonerating Hall.

The case relates to an interview that Hall gave to Al-Jazeera television network in Myanmar in April 2013 about his earlier criminal prosecution by Natural Fruit. The Supreme Court said the appeal has no legs to stand on because the allegedly defamatory act was committed in Myanmar where Thai courts have no jurisdiction.

Hall said he will now sue the attorney general, the police, the prosecutor and the fruit company for unlawful prosecution.