5 July: Tommy Robinson’s supporters boil over after court ruling

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Published on July 5, 2019 by

Supporters of English Defence League co-founder Tommy Robinson scuffled with police outside court in London after he was found in contempt of court.

Footage shows people shouting at police officers ‘shame on you’ and trying to pull back the fence that separated them from the police corridor and journalists.

In May 2018, Robinson was sentenced to 13 months of jail for contempt of court after live-streaming outside a criminal trial, in violation of reporting restrictions. However, the court of appeal quashed the contempt finding, freeing Robinson after only two months of his sentence.

The case was then referred to the attorney general, who stated that it was in the public interest to bring fresh proceedings. Robinson claims that the move against him is politically motivated.

According to reports, the two High Court judges judging the case found Robinson guilty of contempt of court in three different respects: reporting restriction, recording defendant entering court house, and confronting them outside the court.

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