I just spoke with Tommy Robinson about an hour ago, and I've got some news about his case.
He’s being sent back to trial on Thursday, September 27th. And they’re coming for him with a vengeance.
Here’s what's new:
Tommy tells me that the government is actually alleging that he prejudiced a Muslim rape gang trial back in May.
As in, they claim that Tommy could have wrecked the case, and set those accused rapists free.
But we know that’s a lie; he didn’t prejudice the trial; the trial concluded successfully. That’s not a matter of opinion; it’s a fact.
Tommy also told me that the government is alleging that he violated the publication ban — but that’s not true, either. He didn’t publish any details of the trial. He couldn’t have — he hadn’t even been in the trial; he didn’t know the details.
Anyone who watched his video knows he was simply reading from a government website — the BBC, in fact, which listed the names of the accused.
But they want to put Tommy away again. So the trial is actually happening, again. On Thursday, September 27th at the Old Bailey central criminal courts. That’s crazy in itself — contempt of court is not a crime. They’re putting him on trial in a court usually reserved for murderers and the like.
Tommy asked me to come to court again to report on the proceedings — because he doesn’t trust the mainstream media to tell the truth. Because they don’t. They’re like jackals.
Tommy told me to come to London, so I’ve got to come to London.
I just bought an economy class plane ticket and I’ll stay in a small hotel room right near the court to save cab fare. Please help me cover those costs — the flight and hotel together are just over £1,000 or about $1,700 Canadian.
Our UK cameraman Ed will be there to make lots of videos with me like last time, and I’ll live-tweet every word that’s said in court.
When I reported live from Tommy's court of appeal hearing, I wrote about 150 short updates from court, and those were seen by 5.7 million people in one day.
In other words, I think if I can go to this new trial and if I work hard, I can rebut a lot of the lies that the media is going to tell about Tommy.
In some ways this case is even more important than the first one — the last one was done in secret, done in seven minutes, done illegally.
But this time Tommy is prepared, and has a lawyer who is prepared, and the world is watching. So I want to be there to make sure the truth is told.
I think Tommy trusts me to tell it straight, and I hope you do too.
If you can help me cover my airfare and hotel, I’d be grateful. Please go to TommyTrial.com.
It’s important that even just one journalist in court that day tells it like it is.