Incredibly, outrageously, two judges at the Old Bailey today ruled that Tommy Robinson must go back to court, to stand trial again for contempt of court — for the same incident last year for which he was illegally sent to prison.
Tommy was improperly prosecuted, convicted, sentenced and imprisoned for this incident — that’s what the Court of Appeal said, when they set him free after he served 10 weeks in solitary confinement.
But Theresa May isn’t done yet — she instructed her Attorney General to demand another trial. And today, the two judges agreed.
This is insane. This is “lawfare” — abusing the legal system to punish Tommy politically.
There is no public interest to be served by this prosecution; in fact there is no precedent for it.
What’s so absurd about this is: the rape trial in Leeds where Tommy was arrested was concluded successfully. Tommy’s news reporting did not disrupt the trial. It didn’t interfere in any way.
So why is Tommy being prosecuted for contempt of court?
Incredibly, the Attorney General gave his reason in court:
Because Tommy verbally insulted one of the rapists as he walked into court.
I’m serious — again and again the government's lawyer said that was Tommy’s offence:
He was mean to a serial child rapist.
I wish I were making this up.
This is the state of the legal system in the UK. I call it the legal system, because I'm not sure if I should call it the justice system anymore.
Tommy will keep on fighting, I’m sure.
And we’ll keep reporting the truth — as opposed to the mainstream media who were outright mis-reporting facts from the trial. (And they literally asked the judge to stop me from live-tweeting the trial!)
In addition to myself, I brought with me a bunch of fair-minded journalists from abroad — real reporters from Canada, the U.S. and Australia.
We’ll link to their reports at RealReporters.uk
Please go there to see what really happened in court today.
And if you can, please help me cover the costs of flying all of those journalists to London today. I truly believe that we need to win this battle in the court of public opinion as much as in the court of law. If you can help cover the costs I’d be grateful — we spent about $30,000 (or £20,000) on cheap flights and hotels for the nine journalists.
Thanks very much. We’ll keep on fighting till we’re done — I’ll be back for sure for Tommy’s next hearing, on July 4 & 5.
If you want me to crowdfund the flights for more journalists to come too, please go to RealReporters.uk — thanks.