Tommy Robinson, my colleague and board member of SION, is a political prisoner in the UK, imprisoned for standing up for freedom and equality of rights under the law. I stand with Robinson.
He came to New York to speak at our Freedom of Speech conference on September 11, 2012 the same day our embassies were attacked in Cairo and Benghazi and our Ambassador and diplomat attaches were murdered in cold blood. No one has been prosecuted in those crimes against humanity, but Tommy Robinson is solitary confinement. Watch Tommy's speech here.
Robinson has been moved into the highest security prison in the UK. 24 hours in his cell. Clearly they are trying to break him. They are lesser men and imagine that he is weak like them. But we need to get him a human rights / prison rights lawyer because he has no rights at the moment. It is outrageous. They do not let him out of his cell, all other prisoners get association, gym, courses, etc.
There is no information as yet as to whether his “time served” on remand awaiting trial will be deducted from his sentence. This story is breaking. We will know later today when he will be back with his anguished family, but it is likely to be sometime before or during the summer. UK prisons are wildly overcrowded. Consequently, judges try their utmost not to imprison anyone, but the most violent offenders except, of course, champions of freedom.
EDL leader Stephen Lennon jailed for 10 months ITV.com
English Defence League leader Stephen Lennon was today jailed for 10 months at Southwark Crown Court after pleading guilty to using someone else's passport to get into the United States.
In mitigation, his defence barrister, Giles Cockings, told the court that Lennon had not stolen the passport, and had only used it for a day.
He told the court his client had pleaded guilty immediately, demonstrating "a certain amount of courage".
He went on:
Perhaps what screams volumes from this particular case are two main areas.
Firstly, this passport was not stolen, it was lent by a friend for whatever purpose.
Secondly, he was only using the passport, it transpires, for a day and a half. In fact he only spent one evening in the United States of America.
I think the intention was simply to avoid a necessity for a visa into the United States.
Upon realising that in actual fact it was not going to assist matters, on realising he had committed an offence, he used his own passport to come back.
It is not, I would suggest, the most aggravating of cases of this kind.