Judges have ordered Tommy Robinson be released on bail after he appealed his imprisonment for contempt of court. Tommy Robinson’s supporters cheered outside the Court of Appeal today while wearing #FreeTommy shirts.
Robinson, who was sentenced to 13 months in jail for filming outside a grooming gang trial is now a free man. Robinson was given 10 months for contempt of court, which he admitted to, and an extra three months for breaching a suspended sentence on separate charges. Judge Geoffrey Marson told Robinson his actions were a “serious aggravating feature,” adding “Everyone understands the right to freedom of speech but there are responsibilities and obligations. I am not sure you appreciate the potential consequence of what you have done. People have to understand that if they breach court orders there will be very real consequences.” The original judge was found to have rushed Robinson’s trial, resulting in the court not hearing which parts of the footage taken by Robinson was problematic.
At the Court of Appeal, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett ruled that indeed there had been technical flaws by the judge who jailed Robinson back in May. When Lord Burnett told the court he had made the decision to free Robinson he stated,”The appellant is granted bail and the matter of contempt at Leeds Crown Court is remitted to be heard again.”
In his written judgement, Lord Burnett said: “We are satisfied that the finding of contempt made in Leeds following a fundamentally flawed process, in what we recognise were difficult and unusual circumstances, cannot stand.
“We will direct that the matter be reheard before a different judge.”
An excerpt regarding why the contempt finding in Leeds was squashed is as follows:
When Tommy Robinson was arrested and sentenced to the 13-month term, articles about the incident itself were at first forbidden and scrubbed from the internet due to a gag order by the British government that banned any and all reporting on the incident. After being challenged by media in the U.K., the gag order was eventually lifted.
According to Rebel Media’s Ezra Levant, who was on site for the hearing, Robinson’s only condition of release is that he must attend the hearing of the Leeds contempt case.
Judges have given details of Robinson’s bail conditions: “We order that he is not to approach within 400 meters of Leeds Crown Court. The rehearing will be conducted by the Recorder of London at the Central Criminal Court (the Old Bailey) as soon as reasonably possible.”
Tommy Robinson, must reappear to face the Leeds charges again in a new trial at The Old Bailey, possibly as early as next month.
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