Hearing General Court of the European Union on LTTE listing as a terrorist organisation

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Amsterdam, 27 February 2014 – On 26 February 2014, on behalf of their client the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), lawyers Marieke van Eik and Tamara Buruma, together with Victor Koppe, argued before the General Court of the European Union that the European Council have wrongfully listed the LTTE as a terrorist organisation.

The United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the European Commission intervened and sided with the Council.

The hearing focussed on the questions whether the anti-terrorism sanction regime should be applicable during times of armed conflict, whether the Council could rely on domestic decisions of the United Kingdom and India, and whether the Council could maintain the LTTE on the list, even though the LTTE was militarily defeated in 2009.

Many sympathisers attended the hearing, something which underlined the importance of the pending decision. The General Court is expected to render its decision in 6 months.

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