Tommy Robinson has been released from jail after being recalled for the second time in a month. He has accused the police of detaining him in order to suppress his freedom of speech, and wanting him to “ultimately be killed.”
Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, 32, has confessed to involvement in an altercation when detained in July. Robinson claims he was deliberately put in danger by police and was acting in self-defence, as there was a bounty on his head and another man involved was planning to attack him with boiling water.
The man is alleged to be a Somalian Muslim, who has claimed that Robinson called him a “Paki.” The police are reported to have charged Robinson with racially aggravated assault.
“I have been bailed on a racially aggravated assault. Yes I did hit a Somalian in prison cos he was gonna (sic) do me with boiling water,” tweeted Robinson last night.
He wrote: “I was put in a position where my life was in danger with Muslim murderers planning how they would get me. It went down on my terms not theirs.” Adding: “Because I again avoiding serious harm the police are pursuing a case against me in order to put me back in prison & ultimately be killed.”
My recent arrest & interview was recorded for channel 4 programme 24 hours in police custody .
— Tommy Robinson (@TRobinsonNewEra) August 23, 2015
On Facebook, his personal assistant Helen Gower wrote:
“The arrest was for the incident in Peterborough Prison where he had a fight with the Somalian who was going to chuck boiling water and sugar over Tommy.
“The prison had already indicated to Tommy that they wouldn’t be taken any further action, so it is the [police] that are pursuing this. He is bailed to attend Court on 3rd September where, doubtless, they will, once again, put restrictions on him.”
Robinson claims he was put in a “wing full of Muslims” in July, where a bounty of £500 worth of drugs was put on his head because he is the “biggest trophy for any Muslim in the system wanting to make a name for themselves,” he told the Huffington Post.
Robinson says two men – a teenage murderer and the Somalian who has accused him of hate crime – accepted the job. Robinson said in July that there was, “no doubt the police meant to put my life at risk.”
Robinson was initially jailed for 18 months in 2013 for conspiring with others to obtain a mortgage by misrepresentation. Others, however, argue that charges are spurious and result from him merely lending money to a friend.
He was released and then recalled in October last year, days before he was due to address the Oxford Union. When he eventually spoke at the famous debating society at the end of December, he said to the students:
“I was warned about my licence; I’m on an early release and certain things I was going to say would result in me getting recalled back to prison… I haven’t got the same freedom of speech as everyone else has got then… I was going to expose certain things about the Police, but that will have to hold now.”
He was then recalled in July this year for not “comply[ing] with the conditions of [his] curfew or release licence,” and again following the accusation of assault, and after Bedfordshire Police increasing the amount he is expected to repay for the alleged mortgage fraud.
In a report by the pro-immigration group Hope Not Hate released in June, author and hard-left campaigner Nick Lowles claimed that Robinson was “returned to prison for breach of license (for a conviction for mortgage fraud) in what appeared to be an attempt by the authorities to prevent him from getting in the [London draw Mohammad] cartoon plot.”
The National Probation Service refused to either confirm or deny the allegation to Breitbart London at the time.
An online petition calling for an independent review into his treatment has gained hundreds of signatures. It reads: “This is clearly an illegal attempt to silence him. Tommy has strong views against militant Islam, and there is a deep concern that somebody is trying to keep him quiet.”