Thursday, 2 August 2018

Tommy Robinson Appeal Hearing: EDL Founder To Be FREED After Winning Court Battle

Tommy Robinson has won his appeal against his conviction for contempt of court and is set to be released on bail.

The far-right activist was jailed for 13 months in May after broadcasting a Facebook Live outside Leeds Crown Court regarding an ongoing criminal trial.

But he will soon be released from prison after judges found his conviction was 'flawed' and rushed.

Supporters in the packed courtroom broke into a round of applause as Lord Burnett announced the decision.

The judge ordered that there should be "silence" as he continued to read a summary of the reasons for Wednesday's ruling

The 35-year-old will be released on bail and there will be a re-hearing on the charges after the conviction was quashed today.

Supporter David Scott said outside court: "Brilliant result. I think it's the best we can hope for at the moment.

"Hopefully it will start a backlash against what's gone wrong with this country."

In May Robinson, real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, admitted contempt of court as the ongoing case is subject to strict reporting restrictions to avoid a mistrial.

The broadcast was watched an estimated 250,000 times.

But yesterday the Court of Appeal heavily criticised the decision for Robinson to be tried the same day as the offence.

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and two other judges in London quashed a finding of contempt made in May at Leeds Crown Court and ordered a fresh hearing of the allegation.

The court agreed with Robinson's barrister that the judge should not have commenced contempt of court proceedings the same day he was arrested.

In a summary of the judgement they wrote: "Once the appellant had removed the video from Facebook, there was no longer sufficient urgency to justify immediate proceedings".

About 25 Robinson supporters had gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice by the time the ruling was made.

They cheered when news of the decision filtered through. A similar number of people staged a "Stand Up To Racism" protest.

The two groups were separated by a line of police and exchanged chants.

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