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Tommy Robinson wins appeal over contempt sentence

Published: August 1, 2018
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Source: Sky News

Tommy Robinson has been freed from prison on bail after winning an appeal against a contempt of court conviction.

Judges from the Court of Appeal quashed the finding and original 13-month sentence, made in May, at Leeds Crown Court.

The former English Defence League leader, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was detained then for allegedly broadcasting on Facebook details of an ongoing trial subject to blanket reporting restrictions.

He was sentenced to 10 months for contempt of court and given a further three months for breaching the terms of a previous suspended sentence.

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and two other judges overturned that finding on Wednesday.

‘The process was flawed’: Judges’ deliver the verdict

They said after Mr Robinson deleted the video, there was not “sufficient urgency” to justify proceedings being taken against him.

There was also a “muddle over the nature of the contempt being considered” and “the process was flawed”, the judges added.

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Conservative, anti-migrant activist Tommy Robinson was jailed last month for a “breach of the peace” while live-streaming a trial involving a Muslim rape gang outside Leeds Crown Court. He was sentenced to 13 months in prison for interfering with court proceedings.

Tommy Robinson supporters gathering in London to protest Robinson's jailing clashed with police at a Whitehall demonstration amid calls to free the English Defence League founder.

Thousands of Tommy Robinson supporters and free speech advocates around the world took to the streets for a second week of protests against the imprisonment of the UK journalist and political activist. Robinson was arrested on May 25 outside Leeds Crown Court for reporting on a pedophile grooming trial. After a brief court proceeding in which he did not have access to his lawyer, Robinson was handed a 13-month prison sentence for violating the terms of a suspended sentence on a similar offense.

Tommy Robinson is a man with a history of aliases, fraud, soccer violence and alienated extremism. But the British Establishment, police, political class and media should spend more time studying the UK Constitution, and less time looking for new ways to shut him up. They created him, and they must face that responsibility – not use judicial loopholes to lock him in an attic.

The saga of Tommy Robinson entered a new chapter. British police officers pulled him off a street in Leeds, where, in his role as a citizen journalist, he was livestreaming a Facebook video from outside a courthouse. Inside that building, several defendants were on trial for allegedly being part of a so-called "grooming gang" -- a group of men, almost all Muslim, who systematically rape non-Muslim children, in some cases hundreds of them, over a period of years or decades. Some ten thousand Facebook viewers around the world witnessed Robinson's arrest live.

 

 

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