The 2nd preliminary hearing in the Computer Crimes Act and criminal defamation prosecution of migrant rights activist and Finnwatch researcher Andy Hall by Natural Fruit Co Ltd. will take place on Monday 2nd February all day at room 406 of Bangkok South Criminal Court on Charoen Nakhon Rd.
At this hearing, the prosecution is expected to continue its examination of its first witness, a member of the Natural Fruit senior management. Following cross examination by defence lawyers for Andy Hall, the prosecution is then expected to move onto cross examination of its second witness, a retired police officer representing Natural Fruit Co. Ltd. at a Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand (FCCT) launch of Finnwatch’s research report ‘Cheap has a High Price’ on 21st January 2013.
The 2013 FCCT event and Finnwatch report form part of the evidence utilised by Natural Fruit in bringing this case prosecution against Andy Hall, contracted as a short term researcher for Natural Fruit Co Ltd.
The criminal charges against Andy Hall, just one of four civil and criminal cases against him, can result in a maximum of 7 years imprisonment.