Wednesday 20 September 2017

Flag protester behind sensational claims

Jamie Bryson
Jamie Bryson
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The man whose explosive allegations have placed Peter Robinson at the centre of the Nama Project Eagle controversy is a 25-year-old loyalist figure and blogger.

Jamie Bryson, from Donaghadee, Co Down, previously came to prominence in 2012 when he was involved in protests over the decision to limit the number of days the Union Jack flies over Belfast City Hall.

He was convicted for taking part in unlawful public processions against the move.

In 2013, he caused outrage when he claimed the Ulster Volunteer Force was not a terrorist group.

Mr Bryson contacted the Stormont committee investigating the Nama deal several weeks ago asking to be allowed give evidence.

Several committee members, in particular members of Peter Robinson's Democratic Unionist Party, expressed unease at the prospect of that evidence being given in public session.

Mr Bryson has not revealed the sources of his information and said it was open to people he named to sue him if he is wrong.

Irish Independent

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