English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson arrived at London’s Central Criminal court on Thursday, where he is due to stand trial on contempt of court charges.
He is accused of breaching court reporting restrictions after broadcasting a Facebook livestream from inside Leeds Crown Court while a criminal case involving a grooming gang was underway.
Scores of Robinson’s supporters gathered... Еще outside the court chanting the activist’s name and waving UK and US flags.
“I feel like press freedom is on trial, not me. Everyone here is committing contempt of the court if I'm convicted today,” Robinson told a journalist before entering the court.
In May 2018, Robinson was sentenced to 13 months in jail for contempt, but the court of appeal quashed the finding, freeing Robinson after only two months of his sentence. The case was then referred to the attorney general, who stated that it was in the public interest to bring fresh proceedings. Robinson claims that the action against him is politically motivated.