ONE could be forgiven for thinking this was a sketch for Not The Nine O’Clock News show.
Man dresses up as an Islamic fundamental hate figure and talks to the waiting media about his human rights being abused.
But no, this was Belfast on a dull and overcast Friday morning outside the Laganside Court Complex in Chichester Street.
The assembled media was waiting for the arrival of former FAIR director Willie Frazer and Union flag protest cheerleader Jamie Bryson.
Mr Frazer, from Markethill, Co Armagh had vowed two weeks ago that he would come to court on his next appearance as Abu Hamza, a radical Islamic preacher who the UK had tried to deport for over a decade to Jordan to face terror offences.
The founder of the Protestant Coalition walked down Chichester Street flanked by Jamie Bryson and a number of supporters.
Mr Frazer was dressed, as he had promised, in his ‘Hook’ Hamza outfit, even down to the eye patch.
Bryson, who has been acting as a legal advisor to Willie Frazer, came dressed in long hair with tape over his mouth.
He had earlier put the picture up on his Twitter account, with a tweet saying: “When going to a circus, best go dressed as a clown.”
Frazer was due in court for a remand hearing after he was charged earlier this year with a number of offences relating to the Union flag protests and also for possession of a cattle prod.
However, before he entered the court Mr Frazer refused his Hamza outfit.
Security staff had already taken his hook off him at the front door to the complex
Court sources said he risked the irk of the district judge and a possible spell in the cells for contempt of court.
In court, district judge Fiona Bagnall was told by the Public Prosection Service that the the case will be tried in the magistrates and not Belfast Crown Court.
The case was adjourned for a week give Mr Frazer and his legal team time to decide on whether to plead guilty or nor guilty to the charges.
If he decides to contest the charges, it could early next year before a contest hearing date is set.
Mr Frazer’s bail conditions were also varied to allow him to go to the Ulster Day parade on the Shankill Road on Saturday.