Hamas should be removed from the EU's terrorist list

EU to appeal against court ruling that Hamas should be removed from the European Union's terrorist list-EU official

Hamas should be removed from the EU's terrorist list

World Bulletin/News Desk

The European Union will appeal against a court ruling that the Hamas should be removed from the bloc's terrorist list, an EU official said on Monday.

"(The EU) Council has decided to appeal the judgement regarding Hamas remaining on the EU terrorist list," EU spokeswoman Susanne Kiefer said on Twitter.

Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement that the EU had decided to challenge last month's decision by the EU's General Court, the bloc's second-highest tribunal, which she said had been made on procedural grounds.

As a result of the appeal, Hamas will remain on the EU's terrorism list and its assets will remain frozen for now, pending a final judgment by the European Court of Justice.

An EU court ruled last month that Hamas should be removed from the terrorist list, saying the decision to include it was based on media reports not considered analysis.

The EU will challenge the General Court's finding that the EU must provide evidence that Hamas remains a terrorist group when it updates its terror list as well as the argument that the EU cannot use evidence from the Internet, an EU official said.

Mogherini said the EU was also studying "other appropriate remedial actions" it could take to avoid similar court decisions in future removing groups from the terrorism list.

"The fight against terrorism remains a priority for the European Union. In this sense, the EU is determined to stem the financing of terrorism, for which EU autonomous measures are an essential tool," she said.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Ocak 2015, 17:36