EU appeals court ruling cancelling sanctions on Tamil Tigers

COLOMBO, Dec 02, 2014 (EconomyNext) – The European Union has appealed an EU court judgement that removed anti-terrorism measures taken against Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tiger separatist group.

The Judgement of the General Court of the EU in October annulled measures taken by the EU Council in October against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) designating it as a terrorist organisation.

"It is important to remember that this legal ruling was clearly based on procedural grounds and it did not imply any assessment by the Court of the substantive issues of designating the
LTTE or of freezing LTTE funds," an EU statement said.

"The Council has now decided to challenge some of the findings of the Court regarding the
procedural grounds to list terrorist organizations under EU autonomous measures to combat
terrorism, as set out in Common Position 2001/931."

It said the effects of the court ruling are suspended until a final judgement by the Court of Justice.

"The EU institutions are also studying carefully other appropriate remedial actions that may be taken to avoid possible annulments in the future,’ the statement added.

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