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Tommy Robinson has claimed he is being deported from Mexico for “national security reasons” after he says he was arrested during an Easter getaway with his family.
Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, has shared footage of him allegedly being arrested at the Cancun airport while on vacation mid-term with his three children.
In clips shared on Telegram, the 39-year-old films an interaction between himself and a man who is alleged to be an immigration officer, while also showing the “holding cell” in which he is said to be held.
‘I have been arrested, separated from my children and now I am being deported for a matter of national security,’ he explains.
In an interaction with Cancun airport staff, Robinson is told that the information about his arrest is “confidential” but comes directly from the capital, Mexico City.
After saying that he is a journalist and defending his case, he adds: ‘I have never broken a law here. All I do at home is talk about Islam.’
Robinson, who tells his 157,000 followers that he has traveled to Mexico three times and has never committed a crime, questions the charges for which he is allegedly deported.
“I never caused a problem, I landed for what is clearly a family vacation, and I was arrested, detained and separated from my children.
Various reports suggest that Robinson will be sent back to England on Saturday, while he himself has said that the mother of his children will have to fly to collect the children.
MailOnline has approached Robinson for comment.
It is not the first time that the co-founder of EDL has had problems abroad.
In 2020, it was widely reported that he had fled to Spain following an arson attack at the home of his wife Jenna Vowles.
Robinson said they had secured places in local schools for his three children, but were still “in the process” of finding a permanent place for them to live.
He added: ‘I need my family to be away because basically they are not safe.’
But in a surprising U-turn, he later announced that he would not be moving to Spain permanently because England “is my home”.
While he claims he has never committed a crime in Mexico, the far-right activist has faced previous convictions for violence, fraud and harassment in the UK.
In November 2013, Robinson pleaded guilty to fraud and was jailed for 18 months. He also has convictions for stalking, assault, use of someone else’s passport, threatening behavior and contempt of court.
Robinson is currently being pursued by creditors for an estimated £2m after he was ordered to compensate a Syrian schoolboy he wrongfully accused of attacking a girl.
He filed for bankruptcy during a High Court libel battle brought against him last year by teenage refugee Jamal Hijazi.
However, anti-racism activists have accused the convicted scammer of “hiding millions” to avoid paying the teen.
Campaign group Hope Not Hate alleges that Robinson has access to assets worth up to £3 million through property acquisitions, investments, donations and book sales.
Hope Not Hate Executive Director Nick Lowles said: “Jamal Hijazi is a victim of Tommy Robinson’s vitriol, and it’s important that Robinson be held accountable.
“It is totally unfair that while his victim’s life has been turned upside down, Tommy Robinson continues with his life as before.
“Tommy Robinson has to understand that his hate for her has real consequences. It’s time to make him pay and make sure the victims of him get proper justice.”
Tommy Robinson Quick and Facts
- Tommy Robinson was ‘arrested’ and faces deportation for national security
- 39-year-old shared clips to Telegram showing him ‘held’ in Cancun Airport
- Robinson claims he was separated from his children and detained at the border