Victims’ campaigner Willie Frazer has failed in a bid to have his bail conditions relaxed to allow him to canvass as an election candidate.
As a result of an ongoing, flag protest-related court case against Mr Frazer, he is prevented from attending any loyalist protest or Orange Order gatherings.
The Markethill man is considering an invitation to stand as the Protestant Coalition candidate for East Belfast at the local council elections in May, and claims the decision at Belfast Magistrates Court on Wednesday breaches his human rights.
Mr Frazer said the ban effectively prevented him from distributing election material to large numbers of potential voters at loyalist gatherings. He is expected to appeal the decision in the High Court next week.