Tommy Robinson released from prison on bail

Stephen Yaxley-Lennon aka Tommy Robinson.

Tommy Robinson, the former leader of the far-right English Defence League, has been released from jail following an appeal win regarding his contempt of court conviction.

In May, Robinson was charged with contempt of court after broadcasting a Facebook Live outside Leeds Crown Court. The case he discussed on the video was subject to reporting restrictions, but was viewed 250,000 times after being uploaded by Robinson on the platform, leading to him receiving a 10 month jail sentence.

But after an appeal, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett ruled that the original sentencing process was “flawed” due to Robinson, 35, being sentenced only five hours after his arrest was made. This has resulted in Robinson’s release on bail and a re-hearing of the case, a date for which has not yet been set.

In his written judgement, Lord Burnett said: “We are satisfied that the finding of contempt made in Leeds following a fundamentally flawed process, in what we recognise were difficult and unusual circumstances, cannot stand. We will direct that the matter be reheard before a different judge.”

Speaking to reporters, Robinson said: “All the British media do is lie. I have a lot to say but nothing to you. I want to thank the British public for all their support.”

Supporters of the far-right activist are said to have applauded in the courtroom following Lord Burnnet’s decision, with fellow right-wing personality Katie Hopkins taking to Twitter to show her support.

However numerous protestors gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice holding placards reading “Don’t let the racists divide us” and “Racist Robinson belongs in prison,” illustrating their opposition to Robinson and what he stands for.

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Robinson has already served 4 months in prison, leading to some judges debating whether there is need for a new hearing and sentencing. However this proposal was denied as the current contempt of court charge is “serious” and the sentence for it ‘might be longer’ than 4 months.

Robinson is already a convicted criminal, having spent 12 months in prison for assaulting a off-duty police officer.

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