Tommy Robinson has been jailed for 13 months after streaming a Facebook Live outside a court in the UK. His supporters say he was just exercising free speech and a campaign for his freedom – #FreeTommy – has spread across social media.
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He was charged with contempt of court for the second time in a year and sentenced on the day of his arrest. So is Tommy Robinson being victimised in an effort to silence him? Or is he guilty of a serious crime that could have threatened justice being served in an active criminal case?
In this So What we look at who Tommy Robinson is, what he did in Leeds and whether his punishment was fair.
Links for further reading:
https://thesecretbarrister.com/2018/05/25/what-has-happened-to-poor-tommy-robinson/ – The Secret Barrister on the Tommy Robinson case
https://www.leeds-live.co.uk/news/leeds-news/tommy-robinson-jailed-facebook-live-14718619 – Stephanie Finnegan’s first-hand account from the Robinson hearing
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-44287640 – The BBC’s report on Robinson’s hearing
https://www.cps.gov.uk/legal-guidance/contempt-court-reporting-restrictions-and-restrictions-public-access-hearings – Contempt of Court law
https://www.localsolicitors.com/criminal-guides/breach-of-the-peace-explained – Breach of the peace explained
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