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Natural Fruit drops case against activist Andy Hall

British migrant rights defender Andy Hall (centre) speaks to the media at the Bangkok South Criminal Court after the verdict was announced in a criminal case brought against him by Natural Fruit Company Ltd for criminal defamation and violation of the Computer Crimes Act, in Bangkok, on Sept 20, 2016.

The pineapple company Natural Fruit on Wednesday dropped a $9.6 million civil defamation case against a British human rights activist who had alleged abuse of migrant workers in the kingdom’s fruit industry.

Andy Hall has been hit with a series of lawsuits over the past eight years after contributing to a 2012 report about alleged poor working conditions, low wages and child labour at the factory in Pranburi in the lower central province of Prachuap Khiri Khan.

In 2016 he was found guilty of criminal…

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