British activist braces for Thai libel trial

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BANGKOK: A British activist will go on trial in Thailand on Tuesday for defamation, facing a possible jail term after his investigation into alleged labor abuses in the kingdom’s food industry. Andy Hall faces civil and criminal lawsuits submitted by Thai fruit processor Natural Fruit, a major supplier to the European drink market, in response to accusations of forced and child labor, unlawfully low wages and long hours. Hall made the allegations in a report last year for Finnish rights watchdog Finnwatch, and gave an interview to the Al Jazeera television network about the case.

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