Tommy Robinson was arrested today in Leeds, in the UK, outside the court.
A few hours later he was sentenced to 13 months in prison.
I’ve never heard of that before.
Normally, there’s an alleged offence; then an arrest; then the lawyers get involved; then a first court appearance; and maybe bail; and then disclosure of documents; then a trial; then a conviction; then a sentence. Normally that takes months; maybe years.
It happened today in a few hours.
And while Tommy Robinson is the man who was condemned, I think the UK courts committed murder of their own reputation for liberty and law.
TONIGHT I'll show you exactly what happened. There is a publication ban on this story in the United Kingdom. But the Rebel Media is based in North America, which is why I’m free to talk about it.
Tommy was arrested for causing a disturbance. But in fact, he had just been talking into his cell phone, doing a Facebook video livestream, for one hour.
He was doing journalism — standing outside a court house where a Muslim rape gang was on trial.
Tommy had asked a few tough questions of two Muslim men who were on trial, and who were in court today to hear the verdict on their trial for raping white girls and forcing them into prostitution.
The entire interaction was very brief; it was aggressive, sure. But the men went away quickly — they were just walking into court. There is no rule against hollering at an accused rapist.
And Tommy was very careful throughout his broadcast to call them only accused or alleged criminals. And he was careful about where he stood, because he was held in contempt of court a year ago for doing what every other journalist does: reporting from courthouse steps.
So he was very careful this time. It didn't matter.
The court docket says he's charged for contempt of court — not the breach of the peace that the cops said when they arrested him.
On the court docket I'll show you, you can also see Muslim names — that’s the alleged rape gang members. Apparently the names were subject to a publication ban — but it is a fact that other media had published these names in public.
That’s what they used to arrest Tommy for: For saying those names.
Tommy's long-standing lawyers were not notified of his arrest. Instead, Tommy was rushed into court that moment; given a court-appointed lawyer who was neither an expert in contempt of court law, nor familiar with Tommy or his legal history.
And the hearing was held in a matter of minutes.
Tommy got a longer sentence for reporting on rape gangs, than many rape gangs themselves receive.
What scares me most about this is that sentencing Tommy to a year in prison in the UK is really like a death sentence — most prisons are run by Muslim gangs, any of which would take it as a religious duty to murder Tommy.
There are literally 23,000 jihadis, that is, holy warriors, suspected of being terrorist sleepers — that are known to be in the UK. So the authorities are paralyzed by fear — afraid of being called Islamophobic, and even more afraid of violence from the 23,000 enemies within.
Not Tommy. He speaks truth to power; he’s motivated by a big heart.
But he’s inconvenient.
So he was thrown away today.
And you know what?
It’s almost just as well that the mainstream media were censored — because all they’d have done would be to celebrate, to cheer. On Twitter, the jubilation of Tommy’s opponents was unrestrained. And they were thrilled that he will surely be killed in prison.
Tommy doesn’t work for us anymore, but I spoke to his family and his lawyer, and I’ve offered to help them crowdfund his legal fees, even though we don’t have a formal connection.
I’ll let you know what they say — when I last spoke with them, they hadn’t actually even had a chance to talk with Tommy yet, not even his lawyer.
If they want our help, we’ll help them — even though he’s not with us anymore.
Because he is still the biggest rebel in the whole of the UK.
And he’s not just fighting for his own freedom — he’s fighting for all of ours.
Whether he takes our financial help or not, we’ll be doing our best journalistically to support him.
I just wish the mainstream media would too — and mainstream conservatives.
It’s Tommy today — it’s them tomorrow...
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