Tommy Robinson given nine-month jail sentence for contempt of court

Far-right activist will serve 10 weeks after being found guilty of breaching reporting ban. Tommy Robinson has been given a nine-month prison sentence – of which he will serve about 10 weeks – after he was found guilty of contempt of court at an earlier hearing. Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, broadcast reports that encouraged “vigilante action” and “unlawful physical” aggression against defendants in a sexual exploitation trial, according to the judges who found him guilty last week. Passing sentence on Thursday, Dame Victoria Sharp said of Robinson: “He has lied about a number of matters and sought to portray himself as the victim of unfairness and oppression.
Robinson, 36, from Luton in Bedfordshire, had denied breaching a reporting ban by livestreaming footage of defendants arriving at court. He insisted he had only referred to information already in the public domain. After deduction for time served, the sentence will amount to 19 weeks, of which he will serve half before being released. The former leader of the far-right English Defence League flashed a V for victory sign to the public gallery upon hearing the sentence, and later winked as he slung a bag over his shoulder and was led away by prison officers.

via guardian: Tommy Robinson given nine-month jail sentence for contempt of court

siehe auch: Tommy Robinson begs Donald Trump to grant him political asylum in US. ‘I beg Donald Trump, I beg the American government, to look at my case,’ says activist following contempt of court conviction. Tommy Robinson has launched a public appeal for Donald Trump to grant him asylum as he faces imprisonment. The anti-Islam activist, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was found to have committed contempt of court last week.

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