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Tommy Robinson begs Trump to grant him asylum in US

Far right activist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who goes by the name Tommy Robinson, speaks outside 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, November 6, 2018. (Photo: REUTERS/Simon Dawson)

By: Keerthi Mohan

BRITISH far-right activist Tommy Robinson yesterday (8) launched a public appeal for Donald Trump to grant him political asylum in the US.

In an interview on InfoWars channel, the co-founder of English Defence League founder said he feels like he was “two days away from being sentenced to death in the UK.”

“I beg Donald Trump, I beg the American government, to look at my case. I need evacuation from this country because dark forces are at work.

“This is a direct appeal on behalf of my family – we love the United States, I have no future here [in the UK].”

Robinson also claimed that he would be killed if he is jailed, saying that British prisons are “controlled by jihadi gangs”.

On Friday (5), judges found 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, 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.

He successfully appealed against the jailing and was released. The Court of Appeal, however, ordered a rehearing and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, the government’s chief legal adviser, decided to start contempt proceedings against him.

“Posting material online that breaches reporting restrictions or risks prejudicing legal proceedings is a very serious matter and this is reflected in the Court’s decision today,” Cox said in a statement.

“I would urge everyone to think carefully about whether their social media posts could amount to contempt of court.”

(with Reuters)

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