LITTLEh. more than 20 Union Flag protesters are on r:-) emand in prison despite claims by the DUP first minister and his senior party colleagues of discrimination against loyalists. majorityhe 215 people arrested since the protests started in early Deceinfluence only about 20 were on Tuesday on remand in Maghaberry Prison. Nevertheless DUP ministers have accused police and the courts of bias. On Tuesday police confirmed that 163 people have been charged as part of the Operation Dulcet investigation. These include offences from rioting and hijacking of vehicles to attacks on politicians ‘ offices.

DUP leader Peter Robinson, raised questions of ” IMPARTIALITY ” in how loyalists are dealt with. This promoted a row between his party and the judiciary. Sir Declan Morgan gave his first interview as lord chief justice to dismiss the claims  and criticise finance minister Sammy Wilson for accusing judges of ” ARROGANCE “. On Tuesday police issued fresh images of 13 people suspected of taking part in violence linked to the Union Flag protests between December 3 and January 5.

DUP leader Peter Robinson raised questions of ” IMPARTIALITY ” by the courts when dealing with loyalist bail applications. This prompted Lord Chief Justice Declan Morgan’s private secretary to write to the DUP justice committee chairman Paul Given saying judges must make decisions ” INDEPENDENTLY  and without being subject to external influence “. In refusing protest organiser Jamie Bryson bail, Justice Bernard McCloskey said ” ill informed debate ” creates misunderstanding around the criteria for bail applications.

DUP finance minister Sammy Wilson responded by accusing judges of  ” ARROGANCE “. He said they were like ” CIVIL SERVANTS ” who should be held to account. Although high-profile demonstration organisers Willie Frazer and Mr Bryson have been remanded in custody, the vast majority of protesters have been released on bail, albeit in some cases with strict restrictions. Among them were two men and a woman arrested in connection with disturbances outside the Shore Road ground  of Crusaders Football Club that prevented a top-of-the-league clash with North Belfast rivals Cliftonville last month. They were bailed at Belfast Magistrates Court.High profile protester Jim Dowson (48), a former (BNP) British National Party fundraiser originally from Scotland but now residing in Comber, Co Down, was bailed after appearing in court charged with encouraging or assisting offenders and five counts of taking part in an unnotified public procession. Former soldier Mark Winter, who posed as a member of the media to get close to police lines and allegedly verbally abused officers, was also bailed at Newtownards Magistrates Court on condition that he maintain a strict curfew and does not come within 500 metres of a parade, protest or demonstration. The 42-year-old was also granted reporting restrictions preventing his address being published.

The majority of those bailed have been banned from attending further protests and using social-networking sites. Several others bailed by the High Court have had strict conditions imposed. One man charged in connection with serious disorder in Newtownabbey was bailed on condition that he reside at an address in Scotland. There are believed to be just more than 20 people still on remand in Maghaberry Prison in relation to the protests. However, that figure fluctuates weekly as further arrests are made and bail applications are heard.

with many thanks to : Allison Morris, Irish News

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