EU court removes Tamil Tigers from terrorism blacklist

LUXEMBOURG: The EU’s top court removed Sri Lankan separatist rebels from its terrorism blacklist on Wednesday.
Judges at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) — the top EU court —  ruled that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of Sri Lanka, or the Tamil Tigers, should be removed from the EU’s terrorism list.
The court said that EU had not produced any evidence to show that there was a risk of the Tamil Tigers carrying out attacks after its military defeat in 2009.
“The Court of Justice therefore confirms the annulment of the continued freezing of the LTTE’s funds,” it said.
The EU terrorism list, created after the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001 and last updated in January, includes 13 individuals and 22 organizations, such as the Communist Party of the Philippines and Peru’s Maoist-inspired rebel group, Shining Path.
LTTE was added to the list in 2006.

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