The news has come through that Tommy Robinson’s appeal against his imprisonment … has been postponed. The reason apparently given is that the prosecution lawyers are not ready. This is deplorable.
Just consider what happened Mr Robinson back in May.
Tommy Robinson was arrested on Friday outside of Leeds Crown Court for reporting on a pedophile grooming trial. Within six hours of his arrest, Robinson was handed a 13 month prison term for violating a prior suspended sentence for a similar offense, while media outlets were banned from covering the incident by the court – with several removing reports which had already been published.
The facts on that day seem clear.
Tommy Robinson was taken before a judge who jailed him for 13 months after he pleaded guilty to contempt of court and breaching the terms of a suspended sentence for a similar offence.
I do not wish to comment on the actual judgement of the Court but I would point out to you that it only took six hours for the facts of the case to be made clear to the Judge and for the sentence to be then passed. Many respected commentators familiar with the speed at which the Courts operate, such as Mark Steyn, have commentated on the alacrity with which this judgement was passed. Courts run slowly, nothing happens quickly. Yet Robinson was processed at the speed of light and put in prison!
But now, all these MONTHS later, the Crown Prosecution is not quite “ready” to defend itself in the Appeal lodged by Tommy Robinson’s legal team. Doesn’t that strike you as odd? Six hours to put him behind bars, but after all these many weeks, the State is not quite able to defend this decision? How can this be? Why is Tommy Robinson not afforded the prompt opportunity to question his detention behind bars? It may fail, it may succeed. But it must be permitted to happen and in a time scale that seems fair.
I fully understand that Robinson pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him. It may be that he is guilty and so must expect to feel the full weight of the law. But surely it is reasonable that his legal team are afforded the opportunity to challenge what has taken place and that is is expedited quickly since that facts of the case seem to watertight, or at least that’s what we are asked to believe!
For clarity, I fully support the rule of law and believe we must all expect to face the consequences of breaking that law. Tommy Robinson is behind bars, deprived of his liberty and of the love and contact from his family. The Judge felt moved to convict him and sentence him in six hours. Shouldn’t the same alacrity be applied to his Appeal?
Were this not bad enough you must listen to this audio of the Judge, Lord Leveson, who will (eventually) hear the Appeal. He chose to speak on the topic BEFORE the appeal is heard. You decide if the Appeal can stand any chance when this is his public view.
Being an enemy of the establishment should not divide you from justice.
Let it be done, quickly and fairly.