Judges on Friday found British far-right activist Tommy Robinson to be in contempt of court after he filmed defendants during a trial last year and posted the footage on social media, breaching reporting restrictions on the case. Robinson, 36, co-founder of the English Defense League (EDL) which has staged violent demonstrations against Islam, was earlier jailed for making the video recordings outside a courthouse in Leeds, northern England, which revealed the identities of defendants accused of the sexual exploitation of young girls while jurors were still considering their verdicts.
Robinson faces up to two years in prison at an upcoming sentencing hearing. Last year the Trump administration’s “Ambassador for Religious Freedom” Sam Brownback lobbied Britain for Robinson’s release after he was first jailed for disrupting the trial cited above.
Robinson, the founder of the extremist English Defense League, is a cult hero among the US far-right and has appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show to promote his white nationalist beliefs.
He has been permanently banned from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. Earlier this year he was banned from Australia. Last month he was filmed sucker-punching a soccer fan outside a match in the Netherlands.
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Robinson has accumulated several criminal convictions and has served three prison sentences. His criminal record includes convictions for violence, financial and immigration frauds, drug possession, public order offences, and contempt of court.He has served at least three separate custodial sentences: in 2005 for assault on a police officer, in 2012 for using false travel documents, and in 2014 for mortgage fraud.