EDL leader jailed for ten months

Posted Jan 7, 2013 by Sami Zaatari
The leader of the English Defence League, Stephen Lennon, has been sentenced to ten months behind bars after pleading guilty to being in possession of false documentation with bad intent.
Stephen Lennon  leader of the English Defence League.
Stephen Lennon, leader of the English Defence League.
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Lennon was arrested by British authorities in late October on the charges of passport fraud for entering America illegally.
Lennon has now admitted to those charges.
Lennon who had been denied entry into the U.S. in the past, used a passport in the name of Andrew McMaster to board a flight from London Heathrow to JFK New York. Lennon was caught out after American custom officials took his fingerprints realising it didn't match that of Andrew.
Judge Alistair McCreath made the following remarks towards Lennon:
Had it been known in this country that you were proposing to leave under a false passport, you would not have been accepted on to the plane and you would not have been permitted to leave this country on a false passport.
The sentencing of Lennon will bear some irony as well, as many EDL members holding nationalist tendencies, often speak out against illegal immigration.
Stephen Lennon, who also goes by the name of Tommy Robinson, founded the EDL back in 2009 with it's stated goals of peacefully protesting against militant Islam. The movement though has been blighted by controversy since it's inception, with several arrests being made towards EDL members for acts of violence and racism.
Lennon's recent legal woes look set to continue as he still faces charges on Mortgage fraud, and the intent to distribute drugs.