British far-right activist Tommy Robinson begged President Trump to grant him political asylum in light of his conviction in a contempt of court case.
Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, made his case for asylum on Monday on the far-right talk show of conspiracy theorist and Infowars founder Alex Jones.
“I feel like I’m two days away from being sentenced to death in the U.K. for journalism,” the co-founder of the English Defense League said on “The Alex Jones Show,” according to videos posted online. “Today, I am calling on the help of Donald Trump, his administration and the Republican Party to grant me and my family political asylum in the United States of America.”
“I beg Donald Trump, I beg the American government, to look at my case. I need evacuation from this country because dark forces are at work,” he added.
Robinson later claimed British prisons are “controlled by jihadi gangs” and that he would be killed if he ended up in jail.
Robinson was found in contempt of court last week for livestreaming defendants in a 2018 criminal trial. The footage, which was released on social media while the jury was still deliberating, revealed the identities of defendants who had been accused of sexually exploiting young girls.
Two judges found Robinson, 36, in violation of a reporting ban connected to the case.
The far-right activist was initially jailed for 13 months after filming the livestreams outside a courthouse in Leeds, England, Reuters reported. He was later released after a successful appeal.
However, the appeals court ordered a rehearing, and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox launched contempt proceedings. Sky News noted that Robinson is set to face sentencing on Thursday. The maximum sentence for contempt of court is two years in prison.
“Posting material online that breaches reporting restrictions or risks prejudicing legal proceedings is a very serious matter and this is reflected in the Court’s decision today,” Cox said in a statement.
Robinson has repeatedly sparked controversy over his conduct. Facebook banned him from its platforms in February over anti-Muslim content the company said “has repeatedly broken” anti-hate speech standards.
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