Twitter joke trial heads to the high court

Legal team to be headed by high profile human rights lawyer
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The man convicted for threatening to blow up Robin Hood airport in a Twitter joke is set to appeal his conviction at the high court.

The now famous twitter said: "Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!" The author of the tweet, Paul Chambers, has since had an appeal rejected and is facing fines of over £3,000.

With most recognising the tweet as a harmless prank, including police and airport security, news of the conviction has since spread worldwide with astonishing levels of support expressed by twitter users around the globe.

Initially dissuaded from an appeal by the potential cost, online fundraising and personal offers of assistance such as Stephen Fry offering to pay Chamber’s fine have subsequently come to the former accountant’s aid.

Chambers will now be represented by high profile human rights lawyer Ben Emmerson QC. Emmerson previously represented Katherine Gun, the former GHCQ employee charged with Official Secrets Act disclosure in the run-up to the Iraq war. 

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