Frazer in media ban ahead of release

Published Thursday, 07 March 2013
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Loyalist campaigner Willie Frazer has been banned from speaking to the press or using social media, during his forthcoming temporary release from prison.

Frazer in media ban ahead of release
Willie Frazer is set to be temporarily released from jail. (© Pacemaker)

The 52-year-old from Tandragee Road in Markethill, Co Armagh, will be released from custody on Friday for a hospital appointment to receive ongoing cancer treatment.

Frazer has also been banned by the judge from entering Belfast under any circumstances.

He is facing charges related to protests over the restriction of the flying of the Union flag and is accused of encouraging offences in an address to protestors.

He is further accused of three counts of taking part in an unnotified public procession, obstructing traffic in a public place, and possession of a prohibited weapon - namely, a Taser.

Last week, Frazer was refused bail. But on Thursday, his legal team successfully applied for temporary compassionate release.

Frazer was granted bail for a few hours, on the condition that he remains in the company of a named person. He must return to prison by 4pm on Friday.

Frazer is one of three prominent loyalists arrested during the ongoing flag tension, as part of the PSNI's Operation Dulcet into crimes arising out of protests.

Ulster People's Forum spokesman Jamie Bryson and former BNP fundraiser Jim Dowson were also arrested and charged with a string of offences.

Bryson was remanded in custody, while Dowson has been released on bail.

© UTV News
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34 Comments
realistic in planet earth wrote (595 days ago):
Our very own Mr Bean, or even Mr Beanie! hehehehehe :)
Danny in Ulster wrote (595 days ago):
Taxi Paul - well said pal, your absolutely right!
Tommy Atkins in London, England wrote (595 days ago):
Please, please let Willy speak as there is nothing lke laughter to make a day. Willy does not need to speak in order to entertain . He is the epitome of the term "Silent Comedian> However he MUST wear his "Wool Beannie"
Socialist Republican in Beal Féirste wrote (595 days ago):
Hahaha these comments are madness! If this IDIOT is your leader I would take a good hard look at myself. The man hasn't a brain cell in his head! And he is leading you fools down the garden path lol In fairness it is a disgrace that he is banned from speaking to the media because he can't make a complete fool out of himself every day! Get and education and get a life willie!
patto69 in Belfast wrote (595 days ago):
In the aftermath of the trouble connected to the O.O. parades at Ardoyne the judges refuse bail and are on record as saying that bail will only be granted once they are convinced the likelihhod of violence has dissipated. There has been violence and illegality around the flags issue and people who set themselves up as leaders are arrested. The courts are being consistent and once more another unionist perception bites the dust.
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