Far-right activist and English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson could face up to two years in prison after the UK’s attorney general levelled fresh contempt of court charges against him.
British Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has stated that it is “in the public interest” to bring new contempt of court proceedings against Robinson, 36, also known as Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.
“After carefully considering the details of this case, I have concluded there are strong grounds to bring fresh contempt of court proceedings against Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (AKA Tommy Robinson),” Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox QC MP said Thursday, as cited by The Metro.
“As proceedings are now underway, it would not be appropriate to comment further and I remind everyone that it is an offence to comment on live court cases.”
The first hearing in the new contempt of court trial has been scheduled for March 22 at the High Court in London.
Contempt of court is punishable by up to two years in prison and/or a fine. Robinson was found in contempt of court back in May 2018 for filming the defendants in an ongoing grooming gangs trial, potentially revealing their identities to jurors in the process. He successfully appealed to have that finding quashed.
The controversial and outspoken campaigner was recently banned from Facebook and Instagram, having already been banned from Twitter, for repeated breach of the companies policies on hate speech.
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