British activist found guilty in Thailand over report alleging labour abuses

Andy Hall is unlikely to serve jail time but rights groups warn of ‘chilling effect’ on others investigating worker mistreatment

British labour rights activist Andy Hall has been sentenced to three years suspended jail time and a fine after being found guilty of defaming a Thai pineapple wholesaler that supplies the European Union.

Hall’s suspended sentence means he is unlikely to serve any time in jail but the ruling in Bangkok will set a precedent for Thai firms accused of worker’s rights issues being able to go after activists with defamation cases, a criminal charge in Thailand.

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