British officials arrested and jailed right-wing activist and journalist Tommy Robinson on Friday for reportedly filming Islamic members of an alleged child grooming gang going into court for trial.
Fox News reports:
Robinson, the former head of the English Defense League and a longtime activist against Islam and Islamic migration, was arrested after he was filming men accused of being part of a gang that groomed children. Britain has been rocked by a series of child sex scandals perpetuated by gangs of predominantly Muslim men.
Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Lennon, was arrested by police outside the Leeds Crown Court for allegedly breaching the peace.
The details of the case are not immediately clear. Fox News reports that Robinson was previously given a 13-month prison sentence for a contempt-of-court charge and he was “on a suspended sentence for contempt of court over a gang rape case in 2017.” His new arrest allegedly activated the suspended sentence.
“This is ridiculous. I haven’t said a word. I’ve done nothing,” Robinson said. “This isn’t contempt of court. You are allowed to do this, aren’t you?”
Sources familiar with Robinson’s case spoke to Fox News on the condition of anonymity as they said they would be arrested if they spoke about it.
“Tommy’s lawyer said he will likely die in jail given his profile and previous credible threats, and the judge basically said he doesn’t care,” the source told Fox News, citing Muslim prison gangs. “He sentenced him to 13 months in prison.”
U.K. Independence Party leader and European MP Gerard Batten later tweeted: “I am trying to recall a legal case where someone was convicted of a ‘crime’ which cannot be reported on. Where he can be cast into prison without it being possible to report his name, offense, or place of imprisonment for fear of contempt of court. Can anyone remember such a case?”
Shortly after Robinson’s arrest and imprisonment thousands of British citizens took to the streets to protest what had happened.