European Court of Justice: Judgment in case of right to appeal against having funds frozen because of UN (and EU) terrorist sanctions list

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Ben Hayes of Statewatch comments:

"With respect, the repeated rulings by the CFI that being listed by the UN Security Council as a supporter or associate of Osama Bin Laden, Al Qaeda or the Taleban "does not prevent the individuals concerned from leading a satisfactory personal, family and social life" is plainly wrong. In today’s political climate it is hard to think of a more serious allegation than being publicly branded a "terrorist" – whether by the UN, EU or national governments – never mind the crippling effect of the sanctions themselves. The fact remains that these regimes are a recipe for arbitrary, secretive and unjust decision-making. Unless procedures are introduced allowing affected parties to know and challenge the allegations against them in a court of law the "terrorist lists" will continue to lack legitimacy."

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