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EU court rules Iranian opposition assets unfrozen but group to stay banned

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EU court rules Iranian opposition assets unfrozen but group to stay banned

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The People’s Mujahideen Organisation of Iran will stay on the EU blacklist of suspected terrorist groups. A ruling by the bloc’s Court of First Instance annuls a 2007 move to freeze the assets of the exiled Iranian opposition movement. But the court said this did not encroach on the European Union’s ban policy.

Senior figure in the group Maryam Rajavi welcomed the court’s decision, saying: “It is not for Europe to defy its own rule of law.” Rajavi has accused the EU of seeking to “appease Tehran” by keeping the group blacklisted while it struggles to persuade Iran to curb its nuclear programme. While the banned group renounced violence in 2001, a French source said new information justified keeping it blacklisted.