Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Member states stop fooling around the European Court of Justice: Iranian opposition organisation PMOI removed from EU terror list

After fooling around the European Court of Justice for some time (see my article from October 2008 on that matter), the Council of the European Union has finally decided to remove the oppositional People's Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) - without discussion, as EUobserver reports - from the EU' terror organisations list.

This is the first time that an organisation was taken off the EU's terror list.

Does this mean that the evidence brought forward by the United Kingdom in October was wrong? That the member states purposefully ignored a judgement of the European Court of Justice although the "new" evidence was not strong enough to support this position? That the United Kingdom brought false evidence? That the member states don't care?

Or does it mean that the member states in the Council just listen to the Court when they deem it politically appropriate...?