Natural Fruit/Thai Attorney General Appeal Andy Hall Aljazeera Interview Case Dismissal to Supreme Court

Andy Hall has been informed today that Natural Fruit Company Ltd and Thailand’s Attorney General have now been given permission to appeal the two times dismissal of Hall’s Aljazeera interview (in Myanmar) criminal defamation prosecution case yet further to Thailand’s Supreme Court. 

This criminal charge has been dismissed twice by Prakanong First Instance Court and then the Appeals Court but now again the case is being appealed to the Supreme Court, and permission has been given for that appeal.

Andy Hall’s lawyers have 15 days to respond to the appeal substance in writing following reciept of confirmation of the appeal 


Prosecution seek to appeal Natural Fruit/Attorney General vs. Andy Hall Aljazeera interview criminal defamation case to Supreme Court

Prosecution seek to appeal Natural Fruit and Thailand’s Attorney General vs. Andy Hall Aljazeera interview criminal defamation prosecution case two times dismissal to Supreme Court.
The case (interview/prosecuted act done in Yangon, Myanmar in April 2013) was prosecuted in July 2013 and the criminal case was heard in a 6 day trial from 2-10 Sept 2014. 
The case was dismissed twice by 1st instance Prakanong court (Oct 2014) and then by appeals courts (Sept 2015) already on the basis the case was an unlawful prosecution brought by the company and Thailand’s Attorney General (via Prakanong Prosecutor) against Andy Hall.
However today Andy Hall’s lawyers were informed both Natural Fruit & Thailand’s Attorney General/Prakanong Prosecutor have already submitted an official request to appeal this two times case dismissal to Thailand’s Supreme Court. 
Apparently despite the original explanation the case was not appealable as point of law dismissed twice, a clause in the Thai criminal procedure/law allows for a request to appeal to Supreme Court that can be granted either by the Attorney General or the Court of 1st Instance. 
In this case, the request to appeal to the Supreme Court has apparently been made to the Attorney General, the same person who is prosecuting  Andy Hall.
Andy Hall and his lawyers must now wait and monitor to see whether permission to appeal to the Supreme Court in this case is granted or not.

Andy Hall Advised No Obligation to Attend Natural Fruit Criminal Court Indictment Hearing Today – Case Adjourned to 18 Jan 2016

Andy Hall Advised No Legal Obligation to Attend Natural Fruit Bangkok South Criminal Court Indictment Hearing Today – Judges Adjourn Case Indictment until 18 Jan 2016


Bangkok South Criminal Court’s Natural Fruit vs. Andy Hall criminal indictment and case management hearing was on 24th August 2015 officially set for this morning (19th October 2015) at 9am in courtroom 501.

Today’s indictment hearing related to Natural Fruit Company Ltd.’s February 2013 computer crimes and criminal defamation by publication/advertisement criminal charges against Andy Hall.  These charges, only one of four cases brought by Natural Fruit Company Ltd. against Hall since February 2013, were accepted by the Bangkok South Criminal Court for proceeding to a full criminal trial on August 24th 2015 after almost one year and 7 pre-trial prosecution witness hearings. The defendant Andy Hall was then summoned for indictment and official pleadings scheduled for today (19th October 2015).

The two serious criminal charges in this case, carrying a maximum of 7 years imprisonment, concern publication of a Finnwatch report in January 2013 containing allegations regarding poor working conditions at Natural Fruit Co Ltd’s Pranburi factory. Andy Hall conducted research in November 2012 for this report as commissioned by Finnwatch but did not author or publish the report. All updated information on the multiple Natural Fruit vs. Andy Hall prosecutions and ongoing saga is available at


Andy Hall sought his legal team’s advise recently regarding today’s hearing as he had not yet received any official summons to attend the court at his registered address. His legal team informed him that he had no legal duty or obligation to attend the court indictment hearing today nor to attend to plead at the hearing as apparently a summons was issued to an invalid address or not issued on time in order to ensure the hearing proceeded today in accordance with Thailand’s criminal law procedures.

I have complete respect for the rule of law and the Thai court system but will not attend court hearings unless or until I have a legal duty or obligation to do so,’ Andy Hall said today.

Last week Andy Hall’s legal team petitioned the Bangkok South Criminal Court court and informed Hall’s official address according to Thai immigration and employment department records. The court however did not order anything based on this petition and instead informed Hall’s lawyers that the court would issue an order at today’s scheduled hearing instead. Andy Hall therefore informed his legal team to attend the court on his behalf today and, should it be required, request adjournment of the indictment until a summons was delivered in accordance with the law.

At 9am today in Courtoom 501 of the Bangkok South Criminal Court, judges and defence/prosecution lawyers discussed how the summons in this case had not indeed been delivered in accordance with the law. The court therefore ordered for the summons to be re-delivered anew at the address notified by the defendant Andy Hall as being his official communication address. The court then officially adjourned the indictment and case management hearing in this case until 18th January 2016 with the expectation a summons would lawfully and officially be delivered to Andy Hall by this date.

Should a summons in this case be delivered officially to Andy Hall in accordance with law at least 15 days in advance of 18th January 2016, Andy Hall will be legally obliged to attend the Bangkok South Criminal Court on that date to be formally indicted for the crimes he is charged of, to plead not guilty and be detained pending the Court’s consideration of any bail request he should chose to make.

The Thai Tuna Industry Association (TTIA), Thai Union and Finnwatch have already deposited to Andy Hall’s legal team a significant amount of money as a bail surety should Andy Hall eventually be detained in relation to the Bangkok South Criminal Court criminal charges against him and in order to ensure his release on bail pending a full criminal trial expected to take place during 2016.

Four MEPs in EU Parliament Debate/Submit Motion on Natural Fruit vs. Andy Hall Case

Four MEPs raised the case of Andy Hall within the debate on the situation in Thailand during a debate in the European Parliament on 8th October 2o15. These were:

  1. Anneliese Dodds- S&D- UK
  2. Hautala- ALDE- Finland
  3. Weidenholzer- S&D- Austria
  4. Frunzulica- S&D- Romania

The EC Commissioner also said in response to the debate:

  1. The EC had been following Andy’s case
  2. The EC will continue to follow Andy’s case
  3. The EC will raise concerns to the Thai authorities

Please find below a link to one of the many final motions for resolution on situation in Thailand that included reference to the Natural Fruit vs. Andy Hall case.

The sections that relate to Andy Hall in this particular motion are:

‘Whereas the criminal defamation case against workers’ rights defender Andy Hall, an EU citizen, has been dismissed, but whereas he still faces indictments in computer crime and defamation cases and two civil defamation cases, which could result in a seven-year prison sentence and a multi-million-dollar fine, after contributing to a Finnwatch report alleging labour abuses by a Thai pineapple wholesaler, despite the fact that violations of workers’ rights committed by the company were confirmed by the Thai Ministry of Labour and by a company employee during previous court hearings; whereas his case will be heard on 19 October 2015.’
‘Welcomes the decision to dismiss the criminal defamation case against Andy Hall, and his subsequent release; calls for the computer crime and criminal defamation cases initiated against him at Southern Bangkok Criminal Court also to be dropped, given that his actions as a human rights defender were aimed at exposing instances of human trafficking and improving the legal situation of migrant workers in Thailand, which confirms his right to carry out research and advocacy without fear of reprisals; expresses its concern, with regard to the civil defamation cases, that his trial may not be fully impartial, as there have been reports of ownership links between the suing company and high-ranking Thai
politicians; asks the EU Delegation to continue to follow his legal situation closely and to attend his trial.’

Heidi Hautala MEP: EU needs to support Andy Hall

EU needs to support Andy Hall

The European Parliament called today for Thai court to drop all charges against Andy Hall, an EU citizen and a human rights defender.

In 2013, Andy Hall contributed to a Finnwatch report “Cheap Has a High Price” showing labour abuses and slavery-like practices by a Thai pineapple wholesaler, Natural Fruit Company Ltd. Instead of being threatened with seven years of prison, he should be rewarded for this.

Natural Fruit Company Ltd. has filed against Hall a total of four cases, of which one, criminal defamation was dismissed by the appeals court in September 2015. However, the Bangkok south criminal court accepted the indictment of the current case in August 2015. Andy Hall will be formally indicted in a criminal defamation and computer crimes act prosecution case on 19 October 2015.

The Parliament asked the EU delegation in Thailand to continue to follow Hall’s legal situation closely and to attend his trial. I already appealed to the delegation with a letter in August. I was pleased to hear Commissioner Stylianides confirming today that the EU delegation will be there. EU presence may be crucial to the fate of the human rights defender.

The EU should also condemn on a higher level, by the high representative, the judicial harassment of Hall and demand Thailand to investigate the allegations against Natural Fruit. Andy Hall’s court process should be given EU’s financial support directed to human rights defenders, same way as happened in 2013.

EU cannot watch aside as a legitimate human rights defender is silenced and freedom of expression breached. This is a turning point to change trade policies. The European consumers have the right to know the origin of the products and the truth about the production conditions. We do not know whether Natural Fruit is still continuing imports to the EU. That should not be the case.

Press Release: Labour MEP calls for EU action to help local human rights campaigner Andy Hall in Thailand

Press Release
From the office of Glenis Willmott MEP
Labour MEP calls for EU action to help local human rights campaigner Andy Hall in Thailand

Contact: Elspeth Hathaway<> T: (+32 228) 37459
For immediate release

Labour MEP calls for EU action to help local human rights campaigner

Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, has been campaigning with the TUC for EU action to support the plight of a local human rights campaigner.

Andy Hall has fought to protect human rights in South East Asia for the past 10 years and is currently facing four separate charges for highlighting the abuse of migrant workers in Thailand. The next court case takes place on the 19th October and Andy faces seven years in prison and fines of millions of pounds.

East Midlands MEP, Glenis Willmott, said:

“Andy’s parents, Des and Pat are based in Lincolnshire and approached me approached me via the TUC, as their local MEP. I was shocked to learn that Andy had such outrageous charges brought against him by a Thai company for simply undertaking research that showed abuses of their workers’ rights.

“I have written to the EU High Representative and have demanded to know what the EU is doing to protect Andy and to ensure that the trial is held in accordance with international human rights conventions.

“We also managed to secure a debate in the European Parliament today, where we were able to raise Andy Hall’s plight. I hope that the Thai Authorities will listen and will end this circus that Andy has been subjected to.”

Andy Hall said:

“I have been subjected to unjust and unfair judicial harassment over the past few years. The Thai authorities are limiting freedom of expression. This is unacceptable when it comes to reporting on abuses of worker rights.

“But for me, such harassment as this, only strengthens my resolve to continue to fight for migrant worker rights in Thailand. I didn’t support migrants to fight for justice for a decade in Thailand only to then myself back down when under threat.”

TUC General Secretary, Frances O’Grady, said:

“We’re campaigning with Andy Hall against the judicial harassment he faces not just because he’s British, but because he’s defending migrant workers in desperate straits: we all should.

“It’s vitally important that the European Parliament draws attention to the exploitation infecting the supply chains that stock our shops, and defends those who are campaigning for justice for migrant workers, wherever they are.”


Notes to editor:

Andy’s research in one pineapple processing plant uncovered significant abuses of Burmese migrant workers’ rights: withheld passports, unpaid wages, long working hours and health and safety breaches, as well as child labour. Management refused to respond when these findings were put to them, waiting until the research was published by a Finnish human rights organisation before launching a series of legal cases and threatening witnesses.”

Useful documents

1. Parliamentary written question:…

2. Andy Hall’s website documenting his plight:

2. Andy Hall’s website documenting his plight: