British far-right activist Tommy Robinson was sentenced again to prison Thursday after being found in contempt of court, sparking clashes between police and his supporters in London.
Angry supporters of Robinson booed as news of his sentencing came in, with crowds chanting "we want Tommy out".
Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was found guilty of contempt of court previous year and sentenced to 13 months in prison.
He was sentenced to nine months in jail at the Old Bailey this morning.
The judges at the Old Bailey court in central London said his Facebook Live video had encouraged "vigilante action" and that it breached the reporting restrictions with Robinson "aggressively confronting and filming" some fo the defendants.
She said that the goal of sentencing for contempt was "punishment and deterrence of the contemnor", adding: "The court is also concerned to demonstrate its determination to uphold the rule of law".
Dozens of angry supporters of British far-right activist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon scuffled with police and marched on parliament after he was jailed on Thursday for contempt of court.
Posting material online that breaches reporting restrictions or risks prejudicing legal proceedings has consequences, and I would urge everyone to think carefully about whether their social media posts could amount to contempt of court.Читайте также: Harry Hotter: Iconic movie studios go up in flames
Robinson told InfoWars on Monday that he had sought political asylum in the United States, claiming that he feared for his life as "dark forces are at work" in his home country.
Throughout the Old Bailey hearing, Robinson denied any wrongdoing, saying he did not believe he was breaching reporting restrictions and only referred to information that was already in the public domain. However, Yaxley-Lennon's 90 minute video was streamed while the jury in the second trial was considering its verdict.
The video was eventually viewed 3.4 million times after being shared following his arrest.
His online publication of details about the criminal case involved a breach of a reporting restriction order imposed under s4 (2) of the Contempt of Court Act 1981.
Dame Victoria Sharp, sitting with Mr Justice Warby, said the contempt committed by Robinson was not "deliberate defiance" and he had not meant to "interfere with the administration of justice".
The office said Robinson was sentenced to six months in prison for that incident and a further three months for a previous contempt.
He served two months in jail before being freed after the original finding of contempt was overturned by the Court of Appeal in August 2018.
The Court of Appeal, however, ordered a rehearing and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, the government's chief legal adviser, made a decision to start contempt proceedings against him.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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