EDL founder jailed for contempt of court after broadcasting tirade on Facebook

EDL founder jailed for contempt of court after broadcasting tirade on Facebook

EDL founder jailed for contempt of court after broadcasting tirade on Facebook

The reporting ban was lifted by Leeds Crown Court Tuesday.

The judge told him his actions could cause the ongoing trial to be re-run, costing "hundreds and hundreds of thousands of pounds".

The group that Robinson helped c0-found years ago, the EDL, is opposed to the spread of "militant Islam".

Robinson was arrested at Leeds Crown Court in northern England, where he was broadcasting details of an ongoing trial on Facebook.

"He can now add contempt of court to his very long criminal record". We believe not only must Justice be done; it must also be seen to be done and that is why this newspaper has been in court, covering that trial and will continue to do so, even though we may not be able to bring you details of it for some months.

In her sentencing remarks in the case against Robinson past year, Judge Heather Norton said: "This contempt hearing is not about free speech".

"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.

Robinson, who founded the English Defence League in 2009 before quitting 2013, tells him: "This is ridiculous, I haven't said a word".

A temporary court order is in place banning reporting on the trial, and the judge considered that the information Robinson revealed on his live stream has the potential to force a retrial.

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He was arrested, charged and sentenced within five hours after pleading guilty to contempt of court and breaching a suspended sentence.

Robinson was given 10 months in jail for contempt of court, and a further three months for breaching the previous suspended sentence.

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

The judge said: "He referred to the charges that the defendants faced and some charges which are not proceeded against in relation to some defendants".

The video footage was played to the judge in court before he dealt with Robinson. Video of the protests in the United Kingdom have been widely shared across social media, as has footage of supporters holding smaller sympathy protests in Australia, Tel Aviv and Germany.

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.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in London Saturday to protest the arrest of Tommy Robinson for reporting on Muslim "grooming gangs".

Matthew Harding, representing Robinson, said his client felt "deep regret" at potentially endangering the trial. On Robinson he tweeted "He's a convicted fraudster who broke strict reporting laws, without which trials of alleged rapists would collapse and alleged rapists would walk free".

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