No charges against Swedish Young Left donation to PLFP

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Swedish prosecutor Hans Ihrman has decided that charges will not be bought against Ali Esbati, the chairman of Swedish Young Left, for a donation made via an aid agency to the PLFP (see below). The donation was made to highlight the arbitrary nature of the EU's banned list of terrorist organisations and individuals. Prosecutor Ihrman decided that in regard to the Sweden's 1996 sanctions violations law that only a 'minor' offence had been committed with existing laws only allowing for the prosecution of serious offences.

Neither were charges brought under a new Swedish law on financing criminal acts, which requires proof that the purpose of the donation is to support such acts. Ihrman said that:

"The fact that the money was intended to be used for humanitarian purposes has played a role..."

Ali Esbati was disappointed:

"It is a pity that the terrorist list is not tested in a court, since that was one of the aims of our action".

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