British political activist, free speech advocate and independent journalist Tommy Robinson has reportedly been arrested after a large group of U.K. constables were seen taking him into custody outside Leeds Crown Court, where he was reporting on yet another “Asian” (Read: Middle Eastern Migrant) child grooming gang trial.
There are reports circulating from people close to Robinson that he has received an expedited sentence on the charge of “breaching the peace” that would see him serving thirteen months in prison. Such a hasty trial and sentencing process has never before been seen in the Crown Court, with such cases typically lasting weeks or months before drawing to a conclusion.
“I haven’t said a word…I’ve done nothing,” Robinson was heard saying as he was detained by officers outside the courthouse where he was covering the aforementioned trial, with no evidence of any behavior that could be defined as breaching the peace without the sort of mental gymnastics required to twist the act of speaking to a camera into a criminal act.
“This isn’t contempt of court?” he asked during the broadcast, as the officers arrested him. “You are allowed to do this, aren’t you?”
Contempt of court is a criminal offense in the U.K., that can see citizens jailed for speeches or publications that create a “substantial risk that the course of justice in the [court] proceedings in question will be seriously impeded or prejudiced.” Robinson is already under a suspended sentence for committing contempt of court over another gang rape case heard in Canterbury last year.
Crown Cunt Judge Heather Norton handed him a three month imprisonment in May of last year, but suspended it for 18 months on the condition he did not commit further violations. Her Dishonor closed with these words:
This is not about free speech, not about the freedom of the press, nor about legitimate journalism, and not about political correctness. It is about justice and ensuring that a trial can be carried out justly and fairly, it’s about being innocent until proven guilty. It is about preserving the integrity of the jury to continue without people being intimidated or being affected by irresponsible and inaccurate ‘reporting,’ if that’s what it was.
We wouldn’t want the public to see what these charming “Asian” chaps have been up to, or the people of Britain might be made more aware of the lack of justice being served by the Crown upon her rapey newcomers.
Robinson formerly broadcasted his investigative journalism on Twitter, but was deplatformed in March. When asked about the ban, Twitter cited its hateful conduct policy. The policy prohibits the promotion of both violence and incitement of harm towards others, on a number of purposefully broad grounds. The social network did not respond to questions about the specific reasons for the ban when reached for comment. No word back from Leeds Metro yet on whether the arresting officers said “Oi, you got a license for that free speech?”