British far-right activist
Tommy Robinson, a leading British far-right activist
  • Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was freed two months into a 13-month jail sentence.
  • The 36-year-old from Luton could be sent back to jail if found guilty.
  • I’m not aware of any other political group that have been allowed to block the road.

Tommy Robinson, a leading British far-right activist, will face a new trial on contempt of court charges, a court ruled on Tuesday.

The former English Defence League leader is alleged to have filmed people involved in a criminal trial and shared the video on social media. This activity carries a risk of influencing a jury, potentially resulting in a mistrial.

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Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was freed two months into a 13-month jail sentence in August after a contempt conviction was overturned by the Court of Appeal. Attorney-General Geoffrey Cox ruled in March it was in the public interest to bring new charges against him.

Two judges at Britain’s High Court agreed with Cox on Tuesday with the full hearing set for July 4-5.

The 36-year-old from Luton could be sent back to jail if found guilty. The charge of contempt of court carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail.

A 400-strong crowd of far-right activists and a counter-demonstration organised by Stand Up To Racism gathered outside the court, causing significant disruption.

The far-right activist, who arrived at the court wearing a T-shirt bearing the words “Vote Tommy”, is standing in the forthcoming European elections, hoping to represent the northwest of England.

Tommy Robinson
Yaxley-Lennon’s supporters chanted “Tommy Robinson is going to be our MEP”.

“I’m just shocked that they are allowed to be here,” criminal defence attorney Rajiv Menon told the Press Association.

“I’m not aware of any other political group that have been allowed to block the road and have a protest in front of the Old Bailey like this.

“They are allowed to protest – this is not about the right to protest – but to give them this sort of platform? Nobody else gets that platform … It’s just outrageous – what are City of London Police doing?”

 

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