Tommy Robinson: I had excrement thrown through my jail window

In his first interview since being released from prison, Tommy Robinson has said he was placed in a prison with a high Muslim population and had excrement thrown through his jail window. 

Speaking to Fox News, the far-right anti-Islam leader, 35, described being “transferred to the prison with the largest Muslim population in the UK.”

Elaborating on his experiences inside jail, Robinson said: “I couldn’t open my windows because I was having excrement and spit put through them … my prison cell was on the lower level, the ground level, so every prisoner would walk past my cell window … the mosque for the prison was directly opposite my cell.”

He added: “I was supposed to be in Her Majesty’s Prison Service, not Guantanamo Bay.”

Robinson said he spent over two months in solitary confinement after being transferred from one prison to another, a move which Robinson claims was deliberate. “I was purposely taken to be put in danger so then that reason could be used to then put me on solitary confinement,” he said.

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

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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 being sentenced only five hours after his arrest was made. This resulted in Robinson’s release on bail and a re-hearing of the case, a date for which has not yet been set.

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

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