Andy Hall is a prominent British activist who is on trial in Thailand. He faces charges that could send him to jail for up to seven years…
The courts in Bangkok have pursued him since 2013, because of a number of cases brought by Natural Fruit Company, a pineapple company, supplying European and US markets. Hall has exposed the company’s labor abuses.
Hall, a lawyer, has lived in the kingdom for over a decade and is considered Thailand’s most prominent activist, fighting for the rights of migrant workers in the seafood and agricultural industries.
He said as he headed to court, “I’m very disappointed this case has been allowed to reach trial. It reflects badly on Thailand that I’m being pursued through the courts for just conducting research, though I also remain confident that I will be cleared.”
His parents are retired and living in Spalding, Lincs. “My mother sent me a message this morning sending their love and support. But they understand why I am here and said they were very proud of what I do.”