Tommy Robinson: Anti-Islam activist secretly jailed in Britain

Tommy Robinson: Anti-Islam activist secretly jailed in Britain

Tommy Robinson: Anti-Islam activist secretly jailed in Britain

Robinson, who's real name is believed to be Stephen Yaxley-Lennon - was arrested last Friday after streaming a Facebook Live video outside Leeds Crown Court.

Robinson was arrested of Leeds Crown Court on Friday.

He told her: "Many of our viewers may have watched your activities in the previous year and a half and think you have treated your sister Meghan in a very shabby way".

Robinson, founder of the now-defunct English Defence League, is a self-styled journalist and commentator who issues a steady stream of anti-Muslim statements online.

Matthew Harding, defending, said his client felt "deep regret" over his actions.

His attempts to film defendants on that occasion could, the judge said, have "prejudiced" the jury, leading to an unfair verdict - and he was warned he'd go to jail if he did anything remotely similar again.

The Contempt of Court Act 1981 protects the integrity of court proceedings in the United Kingdom - it makes sure that defendants receive a fair trial and makes any actions that could prejudice proceedings, (i.e. publishing something that could influence a jury) an offense.

Robinson supporters gave speeches and held placards, calling for Robinson's freedom.

Robinson was convicted of breaking that law past year, the BBC wrote, when he tried to film defendants outside a trial in Canterbury.

The trial Robinson live-streamed was covered by restrictions on what could be reported while it was underway - a common practice in Britain, created to protect the impartiality of the jury. "I respect everyone's right to free speech".

The reporting restrictions that were initially placed on Robinson's sentence were lifted following a legal challenge on Tuesday.

Judge Geoffrey Marson told Robinson that his actions could be "highly prejudicial to the defendants in the trial". That's one of the most important rights that we have.

Robinson is no stranger to prison and has a criminal record dating back to 2005.

Addressing Robinson, Judge Marson said: "I am not sure you appreciate the potential outcome of what you have done".

"If I have to do that it will mean a re-trial, costing hundreds and hundreds and thousands of pounds".

News of the arrest leaked nearly instantly, and far-right personalities portrayed it as the act of a police state.

Robinson was convicted of contempt for interfering with a trial in Canterbury. In this case, the judge ordered a temporary media black-out because he feared reporting Robinson's conviction could influence the jury in the very case Robinson was targeting. Robinson had been arrested multiple times before last week, for crimes including fraud and assault, according to Leeds Live, and Twitter has permanently banned him for claiming that Islam is murderous.

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