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Iranian opposition group the People's Mujahedeen of Iran won a round Friday in its long legal case to get the US State Department to declassify it as a terrorist group.
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A federal appeals court ordered the State Department to reconsider its decision. The 'terrorist group' designation prohibits groups from raising money and obtaining other support in the United States.
The court said the US government must give the Iraq-based group a chance
to respond to claims that it continues to engage in terrorist activity
or at least retains the capability and intent to do so. The government
also maintains a file of secret information that it says supports the
continuing terrorist designation. Friday's ruling did not address the
The People's Mujahedeen has argued that it stopped military operations
against the Iranian regime and renounced violence in 2001, and handed
over its weapons to US-led forces after the ouster of Saddam Hussein in
Iraq in 2003.
The European Union dropped the People's Mujahedeen from its list of
banned terrorist groups last year.