English Defence League co-founder Tommy Robinson has been released on bail after partially winning an appeal against his conviction for contempt of court.

Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, 35, known by the pseudonym Tommy Robinson, pleaded guilty to contempt of court and received a 13-month jail sentence in May after live broadcasting video footage of defendants outside Leeds Crown Court during a trial.

In his written judgement at the Court of Appeal, Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett said: “We are satisfied that the finding of contempt made in Leeds following a fundamentally flawed process, in what we recognise were difficult and unusual circumstances, cannot stand.

“We will direct that the matter be reheard before a different judge.”

The case will be reheard at the Old Bailey.

Filming those on trial is a breach of protocol in the English legal system as it puts their chance of a fair trial at risk and could result in a mistrial. Nonetheless, a number of right-wing activists in the UK and US complained that Robinson’s conviction was tantamount to an attack on free speech, and hundreds of people protested the decision at rallies across the UK.


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