EU court takes Hamas off terrorist organisations list

The General Court of the European Union has annulled the bloc’s decision to keep the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas on a list of terrorist groups.

The decision had been based not on an examination of Hamas’ actions, but on “factual imputations derived from the press and the internet”, judges found.

But it said a funding freeze from being blacklisted would continue for three months or until an appeal was closed.

Hamas dominates Gaza and fought a 50-day war with Israel in the summer.



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