Thursday, June 19, 2008

UK Court: Iranian Exiles Not Terrorists

On May 7, Britain's Court of Appeal ruled that the Government had been wrong to include an Iranian opposition group on its list of terrorist organizations.In a 22-page document, the Court of Appeal ruled there were "no valid grounds" to contend that a British panel made legal errors when it ordered the removal of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI) from a list of more than 20 proscribed terrorist organizations under Britain's Terrorism Act.
The only conclusion that a reasonable decision maker could reach was that, since 2003, the PMOI has not taken any steps to acquire or seek to acquire further weapons or to restore any military capability in Iraq," the Court said."To the extent that the P.M.O.I. has retained networks and supporters inside Iran since 2002, they have been directed to social protest, finance and intelligence gathering activities which would not fall within the definition of 'terrorism' for the purposes of the 2000 Act." Read full story

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