JUDGE LIFTS MEDIA BAN BUT BRYSON STILL BARRED FROM PUBLIC PARADES

Judge lifts ban on Jamie Bryson from making public speeches or talking to the media

Judge lifts ban on Jamie Bryson from making public speeches or talking to the media

A JUDGE has lifted a ban on Union flag cheerleader Jamie Bryson from making public speeches.

And a ban using social media and giving press interviews has also been lifted.

The restrictions were removed following a decision last week to withdraw incitement charges against him.

Police objected to the application for bail terms to be varied, arguing that Mr Bryson has a leadership role in protests.

The 23-year-old, from Rosepark, Donaghadee, County Down, is still accused of taking part in unlawful processions and obstructing traffic during demonstrations over the decision to fly the union flag at Belfast City Hall on designated days only.

Last week the two most serious charges against him were dropped. They involved claims that he encouraged or assisted offences by addressing public gatherings contrary to the Serious Crime Act.

He faces four counts of participating in an un-notified public procession and obstructing traffic on Belfast’s Newtownards Road in January.

The police voiced concerns about a parade planned for the end of November to mark the first anniversary of the protests.

The district judge granted the applications for both variations of bail terms.

However, Mr Bryson is still barred from going within a mile of any parade or demonstration.

The case against Bryson has been adjourned for a fortnight so that a date can be fixed for hearing.

 

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