January 21, 2007 / 2:52 PM / 12 years ago

EU court says PKK terror-list challenge admissible

LUXEMBOURG, Jan 18 (Reuters) - The European Union’s top court ruled on Thursday that a Turkish Kurd politician had the right to fight the inclusion of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) guerrilla group on the EU’s terrorist list.

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled the Court of First Instance, the EU’s number-two court, was wrong in 2005 to dismiss a lawsuit by Osman Ocalan seeking to have the PKK removed from the list requiring EU states to freeze an organisation’s assets, and ordered it to reexamine the case.

The decision echoed a opinion given by the ECJ’s advocate general last September against the lower court’s ruling that Osman, brother of imprisoned PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan, could not act on the party’s behalf.




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