A judge retrying the former far-right leader Tommy Robinson for contempt of court has referred the case to the attorney general.
Robinson, 35, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, appeared before Nicholas Hilliard, the recorder of London, for a contempt hearing at the Old Bailey.
Hilliard said the decision to refer the case to the attorney general would allow Robinson's contempt charges to be heard in a proper adversarial setting, in which a lawyer could present evidence and question witnesses to make the case.
He said he had made the decision after receiving a statement from Robinson on Monday in which he proposed to give evidence in his own defence. The court heard that in the current setting lawyers would not be able to perform an appropriate cross-examination of the evidence.