UK anti-Islam leader convicted of assault at rally

September 30, 2011 00:11

LONDON - The leader of British populist anti-Islamist protest group, the English Defense League (EDL), was convicted on Thursday of assault at one of its demonstrations in April, police said.

Stephen Lennon, 28, who also goes by the name of notorious soccer hooligan Tommy Robinson, was charged in June after an altercation at an EDL demonstration in Blackburn town center in northern England.

He was found guilty after a trial at Preston Magistrates Court and will be sentenced on Nov. 3.

Lennon told Reuters earlier this week that if he was found guilty the authorities were seeking an order to ban him from taking part in any public protest for three years.

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