Tommy Robinson claims he is innocent as he faces fresh charges for Leeds Crown Court filming

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has decided that it is in the public interest to bring contempt of court proceedings against Tommy Robinson. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 7, 2019.
Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has decided that it is in the public interest to bring contempt of court proceedings against Tommy Robinson. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday March 7, 2019.
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Former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson is facing a fresh hearing over an allegation that he committed contempt of court by filming people in a criminal trial and broadcasting footage on social media.

The Attorney General Geoffrey Cox QC has concluded it is in the public interest to bring proceedings against the far-right activist, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.

The first hearing in the case is due to take place at the High Court in London on March 22.

Robinson was jailed for 13 months in May last year after he filmed people involved in a criminal trial and broadcast the footage on social media.

The footage, lasting around an hour, was watched 250,000 times within hours of being posted on Facebook.

It was filmed during the trial of four men who were later convicted of gang-raping a teenage girl.

But a contempt finding was quashed by the Court of Appeal in August and he was freed on bail pending new proceedings at the Old Bailey.

Recorder of London Nicholas Hilliard QC then referred the case to the Attorney General in October, after the judge received a statement from Robinson.

The 35-year-old could be sent back to jail if he is again found in contempt.

Robinson has vowed to contest, "along with the support of the British public", the Attorney General's decision, adding: "I am innocent. I broke no law."

Referring to himself as a reporter, he told the Press Association: "How is this in the public interest? This is ongoing state persecution of a journalist who exposes the Government, the establishment and all of their wrongs."

Crowds of supporters gathered outside the Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey for the previous hearings, and Robinson made an address at the October hearing.

A statement from the Attorney General's office said Mr Cox had reached his decision based on an assessment of the evidence and whether it was in the "wider public interest".

Mr 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."