- Tommy Robinson is reportedly being kept in a 'box' for '23 hours a day'
- The ex EDL leader is being kept in a High Security Unit to avoid 'Muslim gangs'
- He served 10 weeks in HMP Onley before he was moved to HMP Belmarsh
Tommy Robinson is reportedly being kept in solitary confinement and has no contact with other inmates amid fears Muslim prison gangs would target him.
The ex English Defence League (EDL) founder, 35, is allegedly being kept in a 'box' for '23 hours a day' - after losing 'nearly 40lb through starvation' during his first stint in prison, according to the Spectator USA.
Robinson was jailed for 13 months for contempt of court after he filmed defendants during the trial of the sexual exploitation of girls at Leeds Crown Court Trial.
He is now serving a nine-and-a-half month sentence for contempt of court, spending 10 weeks in HMP Onley before he was moved to HMP Belmarsh.
Ezra Levant, the editor of far-right publication Rebel Media, visited Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, in prison and claims he is being treated like a 'terrorist'.
He told the publication: 'Everyone knows that the UK prisons are overrun by gangs, Muslim gangs in particular, which is why he couldn’t be in the general population, and why he couldn’t eat food sent to solitary confinement in Onley.'
The Canadian media mogul also claims Robinson is now being kept in a High Security Unit - accommodation which is usually reserved for 'Islamists' or high-profile murderers.
He told the publication: 'He’s isolated from all other prisoners, he has no contact.
'It’s solitary confinement in that he’s not allowed to see any other prisoners, but it’s not like in HMP Onley… here, he’s allowed half an hour on the exercise bike, the prison governor himself visits once a day, he has a medical once a day, he’s not being starved.'
Robinson will serve 66 days in Belmarsh prison before his release date.
It comes after the Ex EDL leader compared his spell in prison to Guantanamo Bay and claimed he survived on a diet of one tin of tuna and a piece of fruit a day during an appearance on Fox News in the US.
Robinson was on talk show Tucker Carlson Tonight in the US on Thursday to discuss his release from prison.
He was released from HMP Onley in Rugby last week after three leading judges in London quashed a contempt finding made at Leeds Crown Court in May.
Robinson was jailed for 13 months for contempt of court after a Facebook Live protest, where the judge determined that Robinson's broadcasting of a video online breached a court order which postponed any reporting of a trial until the conclusion of another, linked, trial.
He was previously given a suspended sentence for contempt at Canterbury Crown Court, when a judge told him it was likely he would go to prison if he engaged in similar conduct in future.
At the appeal Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett, said the judge at Leeds Crown Court was wrong to deal with Robinson as quickly as he did.
On the programme, which was broadcast on Fox News, Robinson was introduced as an 'activist', told the host he was known for 'criticising Islam' and that there had been 'planned attempts' on his life in the UK.
The 35-year-old said he had been the victim of a 'kangaroo court' and complained he had lost 'nearly 40lb' in prison after living on a diet of one tin of tuna and a piece of fruit a day.
He said that, after being moved prisons, he was put in solitary confinement for two months which resulted in the shortening of his legal visits and the disruption of his legal access.
He added: 'I was supposed to be in Her Majesty's Prison Service, not Guantanamo Bay.'
The Prison Service has said Robinson was treated with 'the same fairness we aim to show all prisoners.'
Robinson also told the show that other prisoners threw excrement and spat through his ground floor cell window.
He said: 'This case, the world has watched it, it's shocked them, for me this has been nothing new.'
He said he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after a five-month period of solitary confinement in 2012 but had not mentioned it because he did not want to compare his prison experience with those of veterans who had been in war zones.
When asked why he had been locked up, Robinson said he still did not know what the reason was and argued he had been the victim of 'hatchet jobs' from the 'mainstream media'.
When asked why he had been locked up, Robinson said he still did not know what the reason was and argued he had been the victim of 'hatchet jobs' from the 'mainstream media'
Robinson could still face jail over an allegation that he committed contempt of court by filming people in a criminal trial and broadcasting footage on social media.
Judges rejected his lawyers' argument that there should not be a fresh hearing because he has already served the equivalent of a four-month sentence.