UK court: Iranian resistance shouldn't be listed as terror group

May 7, 2008 14:47


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The Court of Appeal on Wednesday affirmed a lower court ruling that an Iranian resistance group should not be listed as a terrorist organization. Three justices led by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Philips, rejected an appeal by the Home Office against a lower court ruling in November in favor of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran. The group is also regarded as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union. The Court of Appeal said there were no valid grounds for contending that the Proscribed Organizations Appeal Commission made errors of law in ordering the organization deleted from the list of terrorist organizations. It refused to allow the government to appeal its ruling. Phillips said the government had not explained what gave rise to the belief that the People's Mujahedeen fell within the legal definition of "otherwise concerned in terrorism."

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