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Date set for Jamie Bryson trial on flag protests charge

By Alan Erwin

Union flag protestor Jamie Bryson will stand trial next month for allegedly taking part in a series of unlawful public processions, it has been confirmed.

A judge at Belfast Magistrates Court listed the case against him for a contested hearing on February 11.

The 24-year-old is charged with participating in four unnotified public processions at the height of the dispute in Belfast during January and February 2013.

Mass protests were being staged at the time over the decision to restrict the flying of the Union flag at City Hall.

Bryson's bid to clear his name had been on hold due to a preliminary legal dispute over the standards of proof required in the case.

Defence and prosecution lawyers had advanced conflicting opinions on the legislation being used to prosecute him.

But earlier this month District Judge Fiona Bagnall ruled that Bryson must prove, on the balance of probabilities, that he was unaware they breached the law.

Judge Bagnall confirmed the contest will be held in four weeks' time. Bryson remains on bail until then.

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