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Tommy Robinson is the pseudonym of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, a far-right activist in the United Kingdom who founded a group called the English Defense League in 2009, which aimed to counter what it called "Islamism" in the U.K., and also set up a British branch of the German anti-Islam group Pegida in 2016.

The far-right leader was already serving a suspended sentence for 18 months for contempt of court over a case in Canterbury past year.

During the Facebook Live video outside Leeds Crown Court, which was viewed more than 250,000 times, Robinson even admitted that he needed to be "super careful" as "they [police] put me on a contempt of court charge, which would mean that I could face prison".

Robinson founded the English Defence League in Luton in 2009 before quitting in 2013.

Matthew Harding, mitigating, said Robinson felt "deep regret" after realising the potential consequences of his actions.

His attempts to film defendants on that occasion could, the judge said, have "prejudiced" the jury, leading to an unfair verdict - and he was warned he'd go to jail if he did anything remotely similar again.

Despite being largely shunned in the United Kingdom, he has become a cause célèbre among prominent European and American figures on the far-right, all of whom have backed him in recent days claiming his right to freedom of speech was breached. Robinson was on a suspended sentence, as he had previously been arrested for contempt of court after filming outside Canterbury Crown Court in May.

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His sentence has been revealed for the first time today, following a request from the Independent and other publications to lift reporting restrictions on the case.

According to the Daily Mail's "Hull Live" website, Robinson named the defendants and the charges made against them, "some of which are wrong", the online newspaper said.

The judge in Leeds imposed a reporting restriction on Robinson's latest conviction, but it was successfully challenged Tuesday by media outlets. "I respect everyone's right to free speech". That's one of the most important rights that we have.

The former EDL leader has a criminal record dating back to 2005.

Marson also said that the witnesses would have the trauma of having to give evidence before another jury.

And as Judge Marson told Robinson, the retrial could cost hundreds of thousands of pounds. Video footage, that was shared widely across social media shows Robinson being surrounded and arrested by police.

The far-right were also critical of the lack of media coverage of Robinson's conviction - which they claimed was proof of a conspiracy to silence him. On Robinson he tweeted "He's a convicted fraudster who broke strict reporting laws, without which trials of alleged rapists would collapse and alleged rapists would walk free".


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