BREAKING: Tommy Robinson Freed After Winning Appeal
By: Cassandra Fairbanks
Tommy Robinson has been freed on bail after appealing his contempt of court detention.
The 13 month sentence for filming outside a grooming gang trial was struck down by Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and two other judges.
Robinson’s lawyers said in a statement that the Attorney General will now decide if a Crown Court should hold a rehearing in the contempt proceedings.
Robinson has been imprisoned since May, taken into custody immediately following his arrest.
Immediately following the independent journalist’s arrest and rapid imprisonment, articles about the incident were quickly scrubbed from the internet due to the British government putting a gag order in place banning any reporting on the matter. The gag was ultimately lifted after being challenged by media in the U.K.
Robinson’s reporting is heavily focused on Islamic extremism and he has had several run-ins with law enforcement over his live streaming. His imprisonment stemmed from an arrest last year, also for contempt of court, after trying to film Muslims who had been accused of pedophilia outside a court in Canterbury.
The appeal decision was announced on Wednesday and Robinson is expected to be home with his family soon.
HUGE NEWS: Tommy Robinson wins his appeal! He will be home today! His contempt conviction in Leeds is thrown out; that matter will be re-heard. Attending that new hearing is his only condition of bail. #FreeTommy— Ezra Levant 🇨🇦 (@ezralevant) August 1, 2018
Lord Burnett said the court was allowing his appeal “in respect of the committal for contempt at Leeds Crown Court.”
“The appellant is granted bail and the matter of contempt at Leeds Crown Court is remitted to be heard again,” Lord Burnett added.
Forgive me -- the judge dismissed another case, and did not name the appellant. I didn't mean to confuse. Tommy's appeal against the Leeds conviction is upheld! Tommy will be freed today -- and his only condition is that he must attend the re-hearing of the Leeds contempt case.— Ezra Levant 🇨🇦 (@ezralevant) August 1, 2018
According to Ezra Levant of Rebel Media, who was present at the hearing, the only condition of Robinson’s release is that he attend any re-hearing of his Leeds contempt case.
Since his arrest, thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest and demand his release.