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UK: Founder of Islamophobic group jailed

Date: May 30, 2018 Author: newsfeed.pk Category: Brokerage Short URL Comments: 0

London, (UNA-OIC) - The founder of extreme right-wing, Islamophobic group the English Defence League was jailed on Tuesday for 13 months for contempt of court.

Tommy Robinson, 35, was arrested on Friday after posting a video on Facebook making comments about an ongoing trial, in violation of court rules, and risking the trial's collapse.

Robinson pleaded guilty to contempt of court and was arrested, charged, and sentenced within five hours.

The court had initially banned media coverage of the contempt proceedings against Robinson, fearing reports could affect the ongoing trial.

But the ban was lifted Tuesday after evidence was submitted of how the ban was enabling members of the public -- specifically right-wing individuals -- and media outlets to publish inaccurate and incorrect information.

Robinson founded the English Defence League in 2009 as an Islamophobic organization, and members of the group routinely engage in violence during marches and demonstrations.

Robinson has also publicly called out against Muslims living in the UK and has led many mosque invasions as part of the EDL's Islamophobic campaign.

Source: International Islamic News Agency