Tommy Robinson’s appeal was held in the Royal Courts of Justice in London Today


On what would have been Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, Tommy Robinson’s appeal was held in the Royal Courts of Justice in London, today, heard by a panel of three judges, presided over by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales. The significance of the date should not be overlooked.
“Nelson Mandela served 28 years in prison for terrorist offenses, he was actually conspiring to murder people yet he is now regarded as an international hero”. (Gerard Batten speaking at the #FreeTommy march on Whitehall on 14 July)
Like Tommy, he was a convicted criminal, however, “history has judged that he was on the right side of a great cause”.
Today, in a courtroom filled at what is estimated to be 90 percent with Tommy’s supporters, Tommy himself, was not present, rather he appeared on a video link from prison. We followed Ezra Levant, whom Tommy specifically requested to cover the hearing.
His barrister was Jeremy Dein, QC, who spent more than an hour going through his argument, with barely an interruption by the judges.
In addition to appealing the sentence of contempt of court, for which he was imprisoned, he is also hoping to have the original decision in Canterbury overturned as Tommy was charged improperly using ‘criminal procedure’ rather than ‘civil’. His treatment in prison has been outrageous and punitive as a result of this improper procedure and result.
Dein says there is no “rehabilitative aspect” whatsoever. Tommy is only permitted 30 minutes of yard time per day. Not permitted to work. Not permitted to attend church. As a result of his solitary confinement, he is not even permitted to talk with his children.
Dein further described Tommy’s treatment in prison as being like that of a murderer, not a civil prisoner. “The prejudice to [Tommy] is that he has been treated as a prisoner who has been convicted and sentenced under the criminal sentencing regime… as opposed to a civil prisoner, civil prisoners are generally allowed privileges that criminal prisoners are not.”
QC Dein stated that ”because there was no compliance within the framework of the criminal procedure rules that the learned judges finding should be quashed”.
“He has spent sufficient time in custody”.
There was no explanation as to why Tommy was moved from the relatively safe prison at HMP Hull to the more dangerous prison HMP Onley.
The hearing began at 10:30am with a short break and a one-hour lunch break from 1-2pm.
The judges have reserved their ruling (they will confer and likely write up a formal judgment), the Chief Justice saying they have a complicated task which they hope to complete before the end of July with no mention of bail being granted. Mr. Levant feels hopeful that Tommy could be home before August.

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