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The Independent: Hamas declared a terrorist organisation by the European Court of Justice

The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has been declared a terrorist organisation by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

Judges in the European Union's most senior court ruled that the group should remain on an EU-wide blacklist and referred the case back to a lower court.

It came at the end of a long-running court battle to challenge the group’s terror designation, following a previous ruling in 2014 when a lower court annulled the 2001 designation and recommended sanctions on Hamas be lifted.

Judges at the General Court accepted arguments at the time that the EU’s decision was the result of second-hand information from the internet and press rather than an independent investigation, but the finding was appealed by the European Council.

A spokesperson for the ECJ said judges ruled that groups may be listed if “there is an ongoing risk of that person or entity being involved in the terrorist activities” and that the Council of the European Union was not legally obliged to undertake its own investigation. 

“The ECJ therefore sets aside the 2014 judgment of the General Court,” a statement added. 

 “It refers the case back to the General Court so that the latter may examine the facts and arguments on which it did not rule in its 2014 judgment."

In the same session, the ECJ ruled that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers) should no longer be listed as a terrorist group by the EU because of the reduced risk of terror attacks following the group’s military defeat in Sri Lanka.

The European Jewish Congress welcomed the decision on Hamas, saying the ruling sent an “important political message for the fight against international terror”.

Click here to read the full article in The Independent

 

Thursday, July 27, 2017
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