Homecoming in sight for Spalding researcher Andy after Thai trials

Human rights and migrant workers activist Andy Hall is on his way home back to Spalding from Thailand after his "conviction" on charges of criminal defamation and computer crimes.
Human rights and migrant workers activist Andy Hall is on his way home back to Spalding from Thailand after his "conviction" on charges of criminal defamation and computer crimes.
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Spalding human rights activist Andy Hall (36) is back in the UK just days after judges in Thailand quashed criminal charges against him.

Mr Hall, whose research into migrant worker rights abuses in Thailand’s food industry led to criminal demation and computer crimes, waged a four-year fight against the allegations.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Thailand threw out the charges and overturning a three-year suspended jail term and 150,000 baht (£3,300) fine imposed on Mr Hall in September.

In a statement, Mr Hall said: “It was indeed a welcome development that the Supreme Court of Thailand issued its judgment dismissing, after almost four years and at a final stage of appeal, a criminal defamation case against me.

“I was prosecuted as a researcher and migrant activist by Thailand’s Attorney General and Public Prosecutor, as joint plaintiffs with Natural Fruit Company Ltd.

“This case related to an interview I gave in 2013 to explain research I had conducted into alleged migrant worker rights abuses in Thailand’s food processing industry.”

My goal has always been to improve the living and working conditions of millions of exploited migrant workers in Thailand, ensuring they have full access to the rights they are entitled to under Thai law

Andy Hall

Mr Hall’s case made worldwide headlines and led the European Parliament to pass a resolution last month, regretting the guilty verdict against him.

“My goal has always been to improve the living and working conditions of millions of exploited migrant workers in Thailand, ensuring they have full access to the rights they are entitled to under Thai law,” Mr Hall said.

“However, the situation has not worked out as I planned or hoped as this work has entailed many personal challenges.

“I have, in particular, encountered insurmountable challenges with some companies and establishments so I have now finally decided to leave Thailand, with confidence that this is the right decision for me, for now.”

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