Bangkok court searches for UK rights activist who faces 7 years in Thai prison for defaming company

Brit activist Hall absent as trial starts – Bangkok Post, April 2, 2013
…Natural Fruit’s lawyer, Somsak Torugsa, said if Mr Hall could not be located his client might ask the court to formally advise legal authorities in the defendant’s hometown in England that he was required to appear to answer a criminal defamation lawsuit.
Natural Fruit vice-president Kachin Komneyawanich said Mr Hall’s reports and his communications with the public, which could be found on at least 20 websites, damaged his company and were not truthful.
Natural Fruit is owned and operated by a brother of Democrat Party secretary-general Chalermchai Sri-On.
If found guilty, Mr Hall could face up to seven years in prison…

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