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Bryson lodges appeal against flag protest conviction

Loyalist Jamie Bryson

Loyalist Jamie Bryson has lodged an appeal against his conviction for taking part in illegal protests during the union flag dispute.

He will ask the court of appeal to rule on the use of the 'reversed burden of proof' that was one of the mitigating factors in the case.

Last month Bryson was given a suspended sentence at Belfast magistrates court for his part in the loyalist flag protests that brought parts of Northern Ireland to a standstill,

He was given six-month prison sentence for four unnotified procession offences suspended for two years. He also received a one-month term suspended for 18 months for obstructing traffic.

Lawyers acting for Bryson will ask the court of appeal to rule if the reversal of the burden of proof was lawful and in compliance with European human rights legislation.

They previously claimed their client had been "made a scapegoat for what is colloquially known as the flag protests and the disorder at some of those protests".

If successful the appeal will see the Co Down flag protester granted a second trial in the magistrates court.

The cost of the case to date is unknown.

The 25-year-old said he intended to use "every lawful avenue possible to expose the flawed and malicious nature of the case brought against me".

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