The European Union General Court (EUGC) today said its ruling to lift sanctions on the LTTE was a legal ruling and not a political decision.
“This is a legal ruling of a court and it is not a political decision taken by the EU governments. The separation of the judicial system from the legislature is a key distinction in a healthy democracy,” it said in a statement.
The Full Statement
General Court of the EU Ruling on EU measures against the LTTE
The General Court of the European Union annulled measures taken by the Council of the European Union against the LTTE, namely the designation of the LTTE as a terrorist organisation and the freezing of LTTE funds. Nonetheless the Court allows the annulled decision on the freezing of LTTE funds to be maintained for another three months.
In understanding the implications of this Ruling it is important to remember that it is a legal ruling of a court; it is not a political decision taken by the EU governments. The separation of the judicial system from the legislature is a key distinction in a healthy democracy.
Furthermore, this legal ruling is clearly based on procedural grounds and it does not imply any assessment by the Court of the substantive issues of designating the LTTE or of freezing LTTE funds.
The Court also ruled that the EU law on the prevention of terrorism can apply in situations of armed conflict under international humanitarian law - thereby rejecting a claim made by the LTTE.
The EU institutions are studying carefully the Ruling in detail; they will reflect on the options open to them and will, in due course, decide on appropriate remedial action to take.
Nature Tuesday, 21 October 2014 01:45 PM
In a democratic country, rules are made
dias Tuesday, 21 October 2014 01:53 PM
OK now time to remove Bin Laden Al-Kaila group also from the terrorist List
dias Tuesday, 21 October 2014 01:54 PM
OK European Union now time to remove Bin Laden Al-Kaida group also from the terrorist List,
dias Tuesday, 21 October 2014 02:24 PM
What about El-kaida this group also should be removed from the list
Tharaka Tuesday, 21 October 2014 03:04 PM
They know the atrocities this terrorist (LTTE) did if they give oxygen to them to breath EUCC should be answerable.....................
Liberal One Tuesday, 21 October 2014 03:59 PM
lol if the LTTE had done any atrocities against white skin this would have a totally different ruling.That is how democratic these western hypocrites are.
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