A prominent loyalist activist accused of taking part in an illegal parade is seeking full disclosure of “strategic” police CCTV recordings at the scene, a court heard today.

oel Keys’ lawyer also confirmed that he wanted the material of the filmed media interview to be handed over as part of his defence.


Keyes (21), of Finbank Court in Belfast, faces prosecution for allegedly taking part in an unannounced public procession.

The case relates to a parade against the Northern Ireland Protocol held in the south of the city on July 8 last year.


Keyes is expected to contest the charge, but did not appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court for the first stage of the proceedings.

It was confirmed that he is currently the only person being prosecuted in connection with the incident.


Defense lawyer Mark Austin set out details of the evidence sought by police, including the content of a media clip posted online.

“There are various CCTVs strategically placed by officers, I want to get that,” Mr Austin said.


“Most importantly, the police relied heavily on the interview Mr Keyes allegedly gave to Belfast Live at the time.

“None of them have been served yet.”

District Judge Amanda Henderson granted legal aid to the worker after being informed of her earnings as a supermarket worker.

He adjourned the case for four weeks, when Keyes is expected to formally confirm his attitude to the charge.

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