Far-right anti-Muslim UK activist Tommy Robinson convicted in contempt case

Far-right anti-Muslim UK activist Tommy Robinson convicted in contempt case
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British far-right activist Tommy Robinson was found in contempt of court Friday for live-streaming defendants in a 2018 criminal trial, Reuters reports.

Two judges found Robinson, 36, in violation of a reporting ban. The court will consider what penalty to impose at a later date. The maximum sentence is two years in prison.

Robinson was initially jailed for 13 months after filming the livestreams outside a courthouse in Leeds, England, Reuters reports. The videos revealed the identities of the defendants, who were accused of sexually exploiting young girls, while the jury was still deliberating.


“Posting material online that breaches reporting restrictions or risks prejudicing legal proceedings is a very serious matter and this is reflected in the Court’s decision today,” Attorney General Geoffrey Cox Cox said in a statement.

He was later released after an appeal, but an appeals court ordered a rehearing, Reuters reports. Cox then decided to start contempt proceedings against him.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephan Yaxley-Lennon, is the co-founder of the English Defense League (EDL), which has organized violent protests against Muslims in the United Kingdom for years.

Robinson was banned in February by Facebook and Instagram for violating the platforms’ community standards with his anti-Muslim content.

He was banned from Twitter and PayPal last year, and YouTube previously demonetized his videos.