I spoke with Tommy Robinson’s lawyer this morning.
He said Tommy Robinson’s trial has been confirmed for the morning of Tuesday, October 23, at the Old Bailey in London. The judge says that it will indeed be a full hearing.
The Old Bailey is the most serious criminal court in the UK, and the judge who is presiding is the most senior judge of the court, His Honour Nicholas Hilliard, QC.
I find it odd that they have put a criminal judge, who normally hears cases of murder and terrorism, in charge of a minor civil contempt hearing. Contempt of court isn’t even a crime — it’s really like a speeding ticket.
I’m worried because I've been told that the judge in the case has indicated that he insists on proceeding with the case personally, instead of referring it to the Attorney General as is the norm. The judge himself will cross-examine Tommy, as opposed to a lawyer for the Attorney General doing so. Why?
This entire matter has been irregular and improper since the beginning — that’s not my opinion, that’s the scorching ruling by the Court of Appeal.
We know that there has been political interference in Tommy’s case. He was moved to a more dangerous prison at the direction of senior government officials — that’s what the prison governor himself told Tommy.
We know that this recent matter where British soldiers have been disciplined for just taking a picture with Tommy — we know that is being directed by the government itself.
So what’s going to happen?
Most of it is in the hands of lawyers; we’ve crowdfunded reputable barristers and solicitors for Tommy. I’ve met them, I’ve seen them in action. They’ll do a good job.
But I know I have a role — to tell the truth about Tommy, to tell the truth about the trial.
The reports I’ve filed in my past visits to Tommy’s trials have been viewed millions of times. It’s important that the word gets out — and I can tell you from personal observation that you can’t trust a word the UK media says about Tommy.
This time, I'm bringing other journalists with me, real reporters, from around the world. I’ve mentioned some of them before — Cassandra Fairbanks from Washington, D.C., Candice Malcolm from Toronto and California, Andrew Lawton, from London, Ontario. And just yesterday, I’m pleased to say we firmed up Avi Yemini, who will be flying in all the way from Australia.
We’ll have a total of three cameramen, too.
So that’s actually nine people we’re bringing. Nine people to tell the truth.
Tommy said he like the idea. I think he believes it will help, not only rebut the UK media’s lies, but it will also spread Tommy’s story around the world to North America and Australia. I think he’s right.
If you can help me pay the bills of these real reporters, please do. They’re all flying economy class, the cheapest tickets we can find. They’re all staying in 3-star hotels, nothing fancier. We’re not paying them a fee — just their travel costs, plus £100 pounds for incidentals. Our total budget will probably end up costing us about CND$17,000, which is about 11,000 pounds.
I know that sounds like a lot, but in my view it’s the best thing we can do.
I’ll be there on October 23. As always, I’ll be tweeting up a storm at @ezralevant, doing as many videos as I can.
If you can help me cover the costs of my international colleagues, too, please do. Go to RealReporters.uk — it’s the most tangible way to help Tommy, by expanding the group of real reporters actually telling the truth about his ordeal.
Thanks — and see you in London on October 23.