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07/03/2019 15:21 GMT | Updated 07/03/2019 16:31 GMT

Tommy Robinson To Face Fresh Contempt Charges

"I am innocent. I broke no law.”

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Tommy Robinson is to face fresh contempt of court charges.

Tommy Robinson has responded with fury after the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, announced the far-right activist will face fresh contempt of court charges.

Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was accused last year of filming individuals before a criminal trial.

Yaxley-Lennon was found to be in contempt of court last May, but successfully applied to the Court of Appeal for the original finding against him to be quashed.

The contempt of court case was referred to Cox late last year and, after considering it, the attorney general has decided there are grounds to bring fresh proceedings.

Reacting to the decision, Yaxley-Lennon told the Press Association news agency: “What people should be asking is what’s taken the attorney general five months? What’s taken him five months?

“I walked out of prison for this six months ago. What’s taken him five months? And then it’s going to take them another five months to get me into court. Another five months before a trial.”

Cox’s office said the decision was made “independently of government” and was based on “an assessment of the evidence and whether it was in the wider public interest to institute proceedings”.

Cox said: “After carefully considering the details of this case, I have concluded there are strong grounds to bring fresh contempt of court proceedings against Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (AKA Tommy Robinson).

“As proceedings are now under way, it would not be appropriate to comment further and I remind everyone that it is an offence to comment on live court cases.