Sugar giant Mitr Phol gets relief in legal battle

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Thailand’s biggest sugar company, Mitr Phol, got little relief after Thai court rejected an application of Cambodian farmers to treat their legal case as a class action lawsuit.

The plaintiffs had moved to court in April last year accusing Mitr Phol of violently displacing them in Cambodia’s northwestern Oddar Meanchey province between 2008 and 2009 to make way for plantations.

According to the reports, Cambodian plaintiffs, representing more than 700 families, said now they will appeal a Thai court decision.

On July 4, the civil court ruled that the case brought by the villagers was not fit to be treated as a class action due to communication barriers, as the plaintiffs live in remote areas in Cambodia and do not speak Thai.

Mitr Phol claims itself as the world’s fifth-biggest sugar company.

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