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Anti-Muslim activist Tommy Robinson released from jail

He was convicted on contempt of court charges and spent nine weeks imprisoned

Some 250,000 people viewed the 90 minute video by Tommy Robinson. EPA
Some 250,000 people viewed the 90 minute video by Tommy Robinson. EPA

Far-right and anti-Muslim activist Tommy Robinson has been released from a UK jail after nine weeks following his conviction on contempt of court charges.

Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was originally sentenced to nine months at Belmarsh Prison but was told by a judge he would likely spend 10 weeks inside.

Upon leaving prison, a bearded Robinson said he had not seen a single other prisoner and had been held in isolation.

“I’ve enjoyed reading the support and hearing the support,” he said upon his release.

He breached reporting restrictions in May 2018 when he filmed defendants accused of sexual exploiting young girls outside a court and posted the footage on social media. It was live-streamed on Facebook and viewed 250,000 times.

The judge said Robinson was “aggressively confronting and filming” some of the defendants.

Robinson, who says he is merely defending free speech, co-founded in 2009 the English Defence League, an Islamophobic, far-right organisation.

Updated: September 13, 2019 02:40 PM

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