On Thursday, British activist and journalist Tommy Robinson spoke out for the first time since he was released on bail following three months behind bars for a contempt of court conviction.
In May, Robinson was arrested and sentenced to 13 months in prison for reporting outside a Leeds Crown Court on a criminal trial concerning Muslim gangs’ alleged sexual abuse of minors. The 35-year-old was hastily arrested and imprisoned within just five hours’ time.
Robinson told Fox New host Tucker Carlson of the horrific conditions in the “Guantanamo Bay”-like prison, including two months of solitary confinement and receiving torment from fellow prisoners who would put “excrement and spit” through his window, which he was eventually forced to keep closed despite the extreme heat. The activist, known for speaking out about Islam, also noted that he was transferred to a prison with the U.K.’s highest Muslim population; his cell was located directly across from the compound mosque. Moreover, consuming only “one tin of tuna” a day, Robinson says he dropped some 40 pounds.
In addition to the excessively hostile conditions for Robinson’s dubious charge, the activist revealed to Carlson that he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress order (PTSD) from his time in solidary confinement while serving a previous prison sentence. Robinson said he’s never spoken about the PTSD publicly, out of fear he’d “insult members of the military,” but noted that officials were aware of the recorded disorder.