UK’s Tommy Robinson says will request asylum in U.S. as dangerous prison time looms

UK’s Tommy Robinson says will request asylum in U.S. as dangerous prison time looms
Tommy Robinson takes selfie during arrest (Image: Twitter video screen grab)

[Ed. – Tough issue. UK laws don’t meet our standard for freedom of speech; the extent to which Robinson broke UK law is debatable. It’s not debatable that he’s been credibly threatened with assassination in prison.  Now he’s being ordered back to prison, for reasons that are arguably bogus.  This is a real test of the “closest alliance.”]

Independent journalist Tommy Robinson is planning to seek asylum in the United States after being found guilty of contempt of court for a second time over livestreaming outside a 2018 Pakistani grooming gang trial in Leeds.

Robinson is facing up to two years in prison for his reporting and is planning to seek asylum from President Donald Trump. …

Robinson had previously served 10 weeks in prison for the same offense before the charges were overturned in the Court of Appeal. Their ruling that found he was improperly tried, convicted, sentenced and imprisoned. Though he was released, the court left the option open to try him again for the same incident — which they did this week. …

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During his nearly three months in prison, Robinson lost over 40 pounds as he was surviving on fruit and five cans of tuna per week due to concerns about the inmates preparing his meals.

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