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Tommy Robinson’s contempt case referred to Attorney General

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The contempt of court case against former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson has been referred to the Attorney General.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, appeared at the Old Bailey on Tuesday charged with making a broadcast likely to seriously prejudice a previous trial at Leeds Crown Court.

He denies the charge.

Judge Nicholas Hilliard said he had received a letter from Robinson but that the case was more complex than first thought.

“It is sufficient to say that the nature and extent of the controversies to be considered emerged to my eye more clearly than before,” Judge Hilliard said.

Lawyers would also not be able to properly cross-examine based on the evidence, the court heard.

Judge Hilliard said he needed to “look at quite a lot of the detail” of what Robinson said in the original broadcast.

Robinson, 35, was released on bail.

The crowd being addressed by Tommy Robinson after leaving the Old Bailey, London where Judge Hilliard said his case should go to the Attorney General for his consideration after receiving a statement from Robinson on Monday.
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Supporters outside court waved signs with Donald Trump’s name

In a statement following the hearing, he said: “It is my understanding that no one in 60 years has been sent to prison for a publication breach of a reporting order.

“My punishment is exceptional. I would like to be treated in the same manner as any other journalist that has been accused of these allegations.”

Robinson was freed from prison in August after three leading judges quashed a contempt of court finding made at Leeds Crown Court.

But he could be sent back to jail if he is again found in contempt.

Arriving at the Old Bailey on Tuesday, Robinson told supporters gathered outside that he had scored a victory regardless of whether he is sent back to jail.

“No matter what happens today, I’ve already won,” he said.

“Their attempts to silence and stop people having the knowledge of the Muslim rape gangs that are terrorising our nation.

“The entire world is now watching.”

The crowd being addressed by Tommy Robinson after leaving the Old Bailey, London where Judge Hilliard said his case should go to the Attorney General for his consideration after receiving a statement from Robinson on Monday.
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A large crowd gathered outside the court

Robinson blamed the government, police and social services for “sacrificing a generation of our daughters at the hands of the multiculturalism alter”.

The media was “the enemy of the people”, he yelled, prompting the crowd to respond: “Shame on you.”

England and Union flags, as well those for Ukip, were flying as dozens of protesters gathered. Signs bearing Donald Trump’s name and his slogan “drain the swamp” were also seen.

Under the watchful gaze of officers, the largely male crowd chanted “oh Tommy Robinson”, while some drank cans of Stella Artois before the 10am hearing.

A spokesperson for the Attorney General confirmed the case had been referred to them.

“A law officer will consider all material afresh, and make a decision whether or not to refer Stephen Yaxley-Lennon to the High Court for contempt,” he added.

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