Thursday, 30 June 2022 – 17:54

Tommy Robinson could serve two years following more contempt allegations

Founder of the English Defence League faces being sent back to jail following new allegations of contempt of court.

The anti-Islam activist was jailed in May 2018 after broadcasting on Facebook an hour-long video outside of Leeds crown court, where four men were tried and later convicted of raping a teenage girl.

He was later released in August after contempt of court findings were quashed by three appeal court judges and was due to attend new proceedings at the Old Bailey in October – where he was then formally released from bail after a judge referred the case to the Attorney General.

Now the 35-year-old, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, could be sent back to prison.

There are “strong grounds” on which proceedings should be brought upon the former EDL leader, according to Attorney General Geoffrey Cox.

And in a statement from him, he concluded that with “carefully considering” the details of the case, that it was in the “public interest” to bring new proceedings against Mr Robinson.

Mr Cox said: “I have concluded there are strong grounds to bring fresh contempt of court proceedings against Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.

“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.” he added.

At previous contempt of court hearings, hordes of people have gathered to champion Mr Robinson, chanting “Oh Tommy Tommy” as well as waving England, Union Jack and Ukip flags.  

Supporters of the far-right activist are likely to attend again in crowds at the first new hearing due to take place at the High Court in London, 22 March.

Before distancing himself from the English Defence League in 2013, Mr Robinson was intensely involved in anti-Muslim demonstrations and claimed in a 2017 interview with Good Morning Britain, that Islam “is a bad idea”.

And whilst waving the Quran he said: “It’s a violent and cursed book.”

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