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Thai court rejects defamation case against UK labor activist

  • Supporters give flowers to British human rights activist Andy Hall as he arrives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. Thailand's top court Thursday dismissed a criminal defamation case against British labor activist Andy Hall that had been brought by a local fruit canning company and the attorney general, but his suspended prison sentence in a related case still stands. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    Supporters give flowers to British human rights activist Andy Hall as he arrives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. Thailand's top court Thursday dismissed a criminal defamation case against British labor activist Andy Hall that had been brought by a local fruit canning company and the attorney general, but his suspended prison sentence in a related case still stands. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)  (The Associated Press)

  • British human rights activist Andy Hall holds flowers from his supporters as he arrives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand,  Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. Thailand's top court Thursday dismissed a criminal defamation case against British labor activist Andy Hall that had been brought by a local fruit canning company and the attorney general, but his suspended prison sentence in a related case still stands. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    British human rights activist Andy Hall holds flowers from his supporters as he arrives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016. Thailand's top court Thursday dismissed a criminal defamation case against British labor activist Andy Hall that had been brought by a local fruit canning company and the attorney general, but his suspended prison sentence in a related case still stands. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)  (The Associated Press)

  • British human rights activist Andy Hall talks to reporters at the Supreme Court after the court dismissed a criminal defamation case against him, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Bangkok, Thailand. The defamation case against Hall, brought by a local fruit canning company and the attorney general, has been dismissed but his suspended prison sentence in a related case still stands. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

    British human rights activist Andy Hall talks to reporters at the Supreme Court after the court dismissed a criminal defamation case against him, Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, in Bangkok, Thailand. The defamation case against Hall, brought by a local fruit canning company and the attorney general, has been dismissed but his suspended prison sentence in a related case still stands. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)  (The Associated Press)

Thailand's top court has dismissed a criminal defamation case against British labor activist Andy Hall brought by a local fruit canning company and the attorney general.

The Supreme Court said Thursday it was throwing out an appeal by the attorney general and Natural Fruit Co. Ltd. against a decision by lower courts exonerating Hall.

The case relates to an interview that Hall gave to Al-Jazeera television network in Myanmar in April 2013 about his earlier criminal prosecution by Natural Fruit. The Supreme Court said the appeal has no legs to stand on because the allegedly defamatory act was committed in Myanmar where Thai courts have no jurisdiction.

Hall said he will now sue the attorney general, the police, the prosecutor and the fruit company for unlawful prosecution.