EU court rejects Hamas appeal over terror listing
BRUSSELS, Dec 14, 2018 (BSS/AFP) – A top EU court on Friday threw out an
appeal by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas against its listing by the
bloc as a terrorist organisation.
The General Court of the EU rejected a bid by Hamas, the militant group
which has ruled the Gaza Strip since 2007, to end a freeze on assets held in
the bloc that was imposed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United
The ruling by the Luxembourg-based court is the latest round in a
protracted legal battle between the EU and Hamas, which has opposed the
sanctions from the outset.
“By its judgment today… the General Court dismisses Hamas’ appeal
concerning the acts of the Council adopted between 2010 and 2014 and in
2017,” the bloc’s second-highest tribunal said.
In July 2017 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) overturned an earlier
ruling by the General Court that Hamas should be dropped from the terror list
because the EU had made the decision based on information from the media and
The ECJ, the bloc’s highest court, ruled that the General Court had erred
in law and should examine the case again.
In Friday’s ruling, the General Court said the EU was entitled to list
Hamas as a terrorist organisation on the basis of a decision made by the
British interior minister.
“The General Court observes, contrary to Hamas’ submissions, that holding
on to power following elections, the political nature of an organisation or
its participation in a government do not constitute grounds for avoiding the
application of the rules,” the court said.