• Thai court dismisses case against British rights activist


    BANGKOK: A Thai court dismissed a defamation charge against a British activist on Wednesday in a case linked to a report he co-authored alleging severe labor abuses in Thailand’s food industry, a key supplier to Western supermarkets. Andy Hall, 34, had faced up to a year in jail if convicted of defamation—a criminal offence in Thailand—after Thai fruit processing giant Natural Fruit made the complaint against him. Hall’s report investigating working conditions at a Natural Fruit factory in southern Thailand leveled accusations of forced and child labor, unlawfully low wages and long hours.



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