English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was released on bail on Monday. The right-wing activist was released after a court hearing on his contempt of court case.
A brief hearing at the Old Bailey in London determined that Mr. Robinson was free on bail after his contempt of court case was passed to the Attorney General.
“This is simply to indicate in open court that now the matter has been referred to the Attorney General, Mr Yaxley-Lennon is no longer on bail to this court,” Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC stated. “As there is no bail, there are no bail conditions.”
Mr. Robinson was released from prison after three judges from Leeds Crown Court threw out his contempt of court case in August. Judge Hilliard passed the case to Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC after receiving documents from Mr. Robinson in October.
However, Mr. Robinson could go back to jail for violating the Contempt of Court Act for filming and uploading to social media footage from a Huddersfield grooming trial in Leeds.
Mr. Robinson denies he breached the Act, but broadcasting may contradict his statement and prejudice the trial.
The news comes after Robinson is reportedly set to speak at the US Congress in November, which could earn him £1 million ($1,302,423) and possibly grant him a visa.
“It is sufficient to say that the nature and extent of the controversies to be considered emerged to my eye more clearly than before,” Judge Hilliard continued. Judge Hilliard would not have allowed witnesses, including Robinson, to be cross-examined had he presided over the hearing at the Old Bailey.
The Attorney General’s Office said that it was re-examining material before deciding whether to send Robinson’s case to the High Court for contempt.
Tommy Robinson addressed his supporters outside the Old Bailey on October 23. “This is an amazing turnout,” Robinson said. “I said if I walk in there, I might stand in the dock on my own. I know I’m not alone.
Robinson then condemned the British courts and media for attempting to “silence and stop people having the knowledge” of Muslim grooming gangs, adding that “the entire world is now watching,” he said before a cheering audience.
Mr. Robinson also said that the British public no longer trusts or believes in the British media, calling them “the enemy of the people”.