Court dismisses LTTE’s plea

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 26 2021
News Court dismisses LTTE’s plea

By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan

The General Court of Luxembourg dismissed on Wednesday the European Political Subdivision of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam’s (LTTE’s) plea to repeal the decision of placing the LTTE on the European list of terrorist organisations.

The failed applicant (LTTE) claimed that the Court should, “annul Decision 2019/25, Decision 2019/1341, Regulation 2020/19, Regulation 2020/1128 and Decision 2020/1132 (together, ‘the contested measures’), in so far as they  concern the LTTE; – in the alternative, adopt a lesser measure than maintaining the LTTE on the European Union’s (EU’s) list of terrorist organisations; – order the Council to pay costs plus interest.

But the Council of the European Union (EU), supported by the United Kingdom (UK), contended that the Court should: – dismiss the action as inadmissible; – in the alternative, dismiss the action as manifestly unfounded;– order the applicant to pay the costs.

The judgment of the General Court (Fourth Chamber) composed judges S. Gervasoni, President, L. Madise and P. Nihoul (Rapporteur) ordered the European Political Subdivision of the LTTE to bear its own costs and to pay those incurred by the Council of the EU, but ordered the UK of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to bear its own costs as well. The UK is not a member of the EU. The Council of the EU was represented by B. Driessen and S. van Overmeire, acting as agents was supported by UK of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, represented by F. Shibli and S. Mc Crory, acting as agents, with P. Nevill, Barrister, appearing for the defendants.

In 2017, another EU court, European Court of Justice also based in Luxembourg, removed the LTTE from the blacklisted terrorists groups. 



By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan | Published: 2:00 AM Nov 26 2021

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