LUXEMBOURG–An EU court has annulled a decision by EU member states to put the Kurdish rebel group PKK on the bloc’s terror list.
The court of first instance, the EU’s second highest court, said putting the group on the list and freezing its assets was illegal because the decision had not been properly justified.
The court has struck similar blows to the standing of the EU terror list in the past. In July last year it overturned a decision by member states to freeze the assets of Philippine rebel leader Jose Maria Sison and the Al-Aqsa foundation, based in the Netherlands.
It found that the EU had breached the rights of both parties by not telling them why their assets had been frozen.
In December 2006, the court found that member states had failed to give sufficient reasons for including exiled Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mujahideen of Iran (PMOI) on the list.
The EU’s terror list has also come up for criticism from other quarters. The Council of Europe, the continent’s human rights watchdog, recently said that the procedures used by both the European Union and the United Nations to include individuals or organisations on the list was "completely arbitrary."
According to a report made by the organisation, once on the list "it is almost impossible" to get off – the PMOI group remains on the list.
The EU has blacklisted around 50 people or groups including the radical Palestinian group Hamas and the Basque separatists, ETA.
The list was established in the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.