Activist against Muslim rapists sentenced hour after arrest

Tommy Robinson

Robinson was arrested during his livestream and sentenced to 13 months in jail for contempt of court for reporting on the trial, which remains under another reporting restriction until the verdict.

The judge who handed down the sentence on Tuesday emphasised how Robinson's actions could have caused a long-running trial to collapse, wasting hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayer money to be wasted.

The former English Defence League (EDL) leader, who recently rebranded himself as an independent video journalist, has received huge support from his social media followers, with #freetommy trending on Twitter, along with his image being emblazoned on British flags across many tweets on Twitter, following his arrest for "contempt of court".

Matthew Harding, mitigating, said Robinson felt "deep regret" after realising the potential consequences of his actions. It is about justice, and it is about ensuring that a trial can be carried out justly and fairly.

Many have painted Robinson's arrest as anti freedom of speech, with several high profile right-wingers sharing messages comparing him to Gandhi. The activist was under an 18 month suspended sentence for contempt of court, for having reported on an ongoing rape trial in Canterbury in 2017.

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.

He said Robinson had broadcast details of the defendants and the charges they faced, including some wrong information.

Court orders had were also in place delaying reporting of Robinson's sentencing hearing and arrest, before it was overturned by LeedsLive.

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"No one could possible conclude that [Robison's reportage] would be anything other than highly prejudicial to the defendants in the trail", said Judge Geoffrey Marson QC.

His supporters insist freedom of speech is at stake, while critics say he was actually putting the successful outcome of criminal trials at risk. That's one of the most important rights that we have.

Addressing Robinson, who sat in the dock during the hearing, Judge Marson said: "I am not sure you appreciate the potential effect of what you have done".

This would mean all witnesses would have to give evidence again in front of a new jury.

Robinson has a previous conviction for contempt of court.

"It is a serious feature that you were encouraging others to share what you were streaming live on social media", the judge said.

The far-right were also critical of the lack of media coverage of Robinson's conviction - which they claimed was proof of a conspiracy to silence him.

Tommy Robinson is the founder of the English Defense League.

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