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Andy Hall with Aung San Suu Kyi  in 2012

British Activist Hopes Aung San Suu Kyi Will Give Evidence at His Trial in Thailand

Thursday, July 3, 2014
PHUKET: British labor activist Andy Hall has Burmese Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi among witnesses scheduled to appear on his behalf when a new case against him goes for trial from September 2.

At a preliminary hearing in Prakanong Court yesterday, Mr Hall failed in a bid to have his passport returned. He resides in Burma but told judges he was not a flight risk.

The trial is expected to attract international interest because of the recent strong focus on immigrant labor in the Thai workplace via the US Trafficking in Persons report and downgrade of Thailand and a series by 'The Guardian' exposing abuses in the fishing industry.

Natural Fruit, a processing company, is suing Mr Hall for criminal defamation over an interview he gave last year to Aljazeera in Burma. It's the fourth charge brought by the company against Mr Hall.

Earlier charges were made using civil defamation and the Computer Crimes Act and include a claim for 300 million baht in compensation.

Mr Hall, who strongly denies the charges, faces lengthy jail terms if found guilty.

Natural Fruit brought charges after Mr Hall worked in researching a document entitled ''Cheap Has a High Price'' for Finnwatch, an independent organisation that focuses on global corporate responsibility issues.

Earlier this week, Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada issued a statement about Mr Hall's case and also called on the British government to intervene on his behalf.

The statement alleged that when when Mr Hall previously appeared at Prakanong Court and asked for a translator, he was told: ''If you want a translator, it's fine.

''We will imprison you in very bad conditions for a few days until we find one for you.''

Representatives from the British and Finnish embassies attended yesterday's hearing.

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not a chance - this is the women whos refuses to tackle the issue of the Rohingya and silence on the issue is an absolute disgrace.

Posted by ciaran on July 3, 2014 18:44

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When I worked in Myanmar (2012-2013), I was initially very surprised at how many Myanmar people did not think highly of ASSK.

The reason was explained to me. ASSK is a Burman - the majority ethnic group.

She has a history of doing little or nothing to further the cause of the many other ethnic groups (Karen, Kachin, Shan etc, and of course Rohingya).

Posted by Simon Luttrell on July 3, 2014 20:06

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@Simon Luttrell

True.
Another reason is that she (mis-(?) aligned herself with the current Army, and its apparatus, even for Western press calling herself "I'm always was an 'Army girl'"- and this bears very specific meaning in Myanmar, as being a part of ruling elite.

Then her party block any young fresh blood to rise within party hierarchy - ok, it's less obvious, but apparent among politically active locals , esp. aspiring young ones.

Posted by Sue on July 3, 2014 23:33

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Just as she was nearing Mother Teresa status, the alleged fall from grace, as her actions seem to show her empathy for the downtrodden was always overstated? Perhaps there are more chapters to set her ship right, or does she sink into infamy?

Posted by farang888 on July 4, 2014 06:38

Editor Comment:

She wants to have more power in Burma and her quest means she has to please the majority for now. If she achieves her wish, perhaps there will be greater hope for change.


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