Spalding human rights activist fights for his freedom

Andy hall (centre) pictured with his parents Pat and Des, who live in Spalding.
Andy hall (centre) pictured with his parents Pat and Des, who live in Spalding.
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A human rights activist from Spalding could find himself in custody if a court decides to indict him over a criminal defamation and computer case.

The final preliminary hearing against Andy Hall will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday.

This is just one of four cases that a Thai pineapple processing company, Natural Fruit, has brought against him.

Natural Fruit filed all the charges following the publication of a Finnwatch report Cheap Has a High Price, which exposed serious human rights violations including forced labour, at the Natural Fruit factory in Pranburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan province.

If the court, following Monday’s hearing, decides to indict him, Mr Hall will be arrested and detained pending bail. He then faces a trial and, if found guilty and convicted, up to seven years in prison.

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