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London police looking into video posted on Ezra Levant’s Twitter account

London police are looking into a video posted on Ezra Levant’s
Twitter account of anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson.
According to an email statement issued by the City of London
Police, the video appears to show filming taking place inside a
U.K. courthouse. It is not known who recorded the video.

Levant visited London on Sept. 27 to cover Robinson’s contempt
of court hearing for Rebel Media.

Robinson was sentenced to 13 months in jail in May for contempt
of court because a judge ruled that he violated a publication
ban by attempting to film the defendants during a Facebook Live
broadcast outside the Leeds Crown Court. The Court of Appeal
freed Robinson from jail in August, ordering a rehearing after
finding that he was treated unfairly.

On Sept. 27, after Robinson’s rehearing was adjourned, a video
was posted to Levant’s Twitter account of his former Rebel
Media employee looking down from a window at a throng of
supporters. The 36-second clip shows Robinson pulling back a
curtain and smiling while telling the cameraman how grateful he
is for the support. Below, hundreds of his supporters are heard
chanting: “We want Tommy out, we want Tommy out!”

Tommy
Robinson gestures to supporters from inside The Old Bailey,
London’s Central Criminal Court, in central London on September
27, 2018.
DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

When contacted by the Post, Levant was asked “Did you record
this video? If not, do you know who did?” Levant did not answer
those questions, but he did say: “The substance of your story
is trivia and gossip, of no public interest and not worth a
response. It is likely motivated by malice.” Levant said what
was newsworthy was “a man sentenced to ten weeks in solitary
confinement, who is literally starved in prison and he loses 40
pounds”.

Taking photography in a courthouse can either be charged as a
criminal offence, “or the underlying behaviour can be dealt
with by the court as a contempt,” according to Britain’s Crown
Prosecution Service.” The decision on which one to pursue
depends on the “gravity of the interference with the
administration of justice.” Taking a video recording in a U.K.
courthouse can be dealt with as a contempt.

Supporters
of Tommy Robinson demonstrate outside London’s Central Criminal
Court on September 27, 2018.
DANIEL
LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

On Levant’s Twitter account, the video was retweeted more than
4,000 times. It has since been deleted. The same clip was
shared on Robinson’s Facebook page and amassed more than
210,000 views.

The caption of the video on Robinson’s Facebook page reads, “9
am on a Thursday morning looking out of court at this support
is just amazing!”

The City of London Police said in an email sent to the Post on
Oct. 1: “We have been made aware of a video on social media
which appears to show filming taking place inside the Central
Criminal Court, and has been shared online. We will be looking
into whether any offences have been committed.”

A London police spokesperson, who did not wish to be named,
told the Post in an interview that there’s a difference between
looking into the video and investigating it. At this stage, the
spokesperson said, a team of officers will assess materials and
follow up on leads. After its assessment, if the team believes
there’s reason to investigate, an investigation will be
launched. As of Oct. 10, London police were still looking into
the video.

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