Anti-Islam activist, Tommy Robinson. has reportedly been transferred to Belmarsh prison, a maximum-security facility in south London, which currently houses Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and has been described by Britain’s mainstream press as “a jihadi training camp.”
Voice of Europe (h/t Maurice) after a previous ten-month prison sentence within hours of his initial arrest was canceled. Robinson is expected to have to serve about two-and-a-half months before he’s eligible for automatic release on license.
Last week, Robinson was re-sentenced to nine months in prison for non-violent contempt of court offenses – after a previous ten-month prison sentence within hours of his initial arrest was canceled. Robinson is expected to have to serve about two-and-a-half months before he’s eligible for automatic release on license.
Belmarsh is said to be the default prison inmates are taken to from the Old Bailey – the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales housing the Crown Court – before they’re transferred to another prison to serve their sentences.
In 2016, a former Muslim inmate who had served time at Belmarsh prison told journalists at the London Evening Standard that “There were so many would-be jihadists in there I felt like an intruder at a jihadi training camp.”
According to the same inmate, convicted terrorists were said to be “very popular and had enormous influence… treated like celebrities by the other inmates”. He also said that non-Muslims who’ve been accused of insulting Islam risked serious physical harm by Muslim inmates.
The former inmate also spoke of how he “watched how prison officers seemingly took no action, leaving new inmates like myself with the impression that the real people in charge were not the warders, but a terrifying group of radical Islamists known as ‘the Brothers’ or ‘the Akhi’, which is Arabic for brother. ”
In 2015, The Times reported that Belmarsh was one of several prisons where radical Islamists were rumored to have been forcing non-Muslims to either convert to Islam or pay a “jizya” or a tax which is often levied against non-Muslims in Islamic theocracies where sharia law exists.
During an interview with BlazeTV just before his sentencing took place, Robinson stated, “I genuinely, hand on heart, believe I’ll be killed in this prison sentence.”