Former EDL chief Tommy Robinson’s contempt case officially sent to the Attorney General by Old Bailey judge

English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson’s contempt of court case has been formally referred to the Attorney General.

Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, was freed from jail in August after his conviction for contempt was quashed.

He had been jailed for 13 months after he filmed defendants in the trial of an Asian grooming gang outside Leeds Crown Court.

A review of the quashed conviction has now been referred to the Attorney General for a “more thorough” investigation.

At the Old Bailey this morning (Mon), Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, the Recorder of London, confirmed the referral during a 30-second hearing.

He said the hearing was “to indicate in open court that now the matter has been referred to the Attorney General” and Robinson “is no longer on bail to this court.”

The judge said: “There are no bail conditions.”

Neither Robinson nor his legal team appeared at the hearing and none of his supporters were outside the court.

His previous appearances have drawn hundreds of supporters chanting slogans in favour of the anti-Islam activist.

No dates were given for future court appearances or other action linked to the case.

By Lewis Pennock & Joe Mellor

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