Andy Hall’s Statement on Thai Court’s Issuance of Warrant for His Arrest: 24th April 2018

Andy Hall’s Statement on Thai Court’s Issuance of Warrant for His Arrest:

24th April 2018

‘I have been informed Bangkok South Criminal Court today ordered for the immediate issuance of an arrest warrant for me with a view to ensuring my attendance in the court to hear a verdict of the Appeals Court on multiple appeals against my September 2016 criminal conviction. My legal team was informed the court would read the appeals verdict today but the hearing was adjourned until 31st May 2018 given I did not attend the court. I am no longer resident in Thailand and was not formally summonsed to attend the Court today through any official channels. I have faced intolerable amounts of judicial harassment which essentially undermined my ability to do human rights work effectively inside Thailand. This is why I left the country in November 2016. I am disappointed and concerned this warrant has now being issued for my arrest and this unacceptable judicial harassment against me continues unabated. I am currently receiving assistance from a team of international lawyers acting on my behalf on the issue of enforcement of Thai Court orders in criminal and civil cases against me when I am no longer resident in Thailand. I shall continue to consult closely with both my Thai and international legal defence teams on these issues and concerning potential issuance of international arrest warrants against me. I shall also make representations to the UK government and the European Union to immediately raise concerns on whether today’s arrest warrant issuance by the Court was in accordance with Thai and international law.’

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