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Sat, 19 Sep, 2015 02:34:35 AM
FTimes- Report, Sep 19

The case against Finnwatch researcher Andy Hall was dismissed by an Appeal Court in Thailand.

Finnwatch in a release confirmed that the appeal by the Attorney General and Natural Fruit's on one of the cases filed by the pineapple company against Andy Hall was dismissed.

According to Finnwatch, the case concerned an interview which Hall gave to Aljazeera in Myanmar.

Finnwatch said the Attorney General and Natural Fruit cannot appeal further to the Supreme Court.

“We are relieved and glad about today's Court decision and that the legality of the previous dismissal has been upheld,” said Sonja Vartiala, Finnwatch's Executive Director in the release.

Hearings on the other criminal case will continue on 19 October when Andy Hall will be formally indicted for criminal defamation and a computer crime in a case that relates to the publication of a Finnwatch report which exposed labour rights violations at the Natural Fruit pineapple processing plant, said the release.

According to Finnwatch, National Fruit has also filed two damages claims against Hall besides the two criminal cases.

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