Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas is to remain on the EU terrorism blacklist after Judges at the European court of Justice overruled a decision by the General Court in 2014. The lower court had found that the initial listing was based on media and internet reports rather than decisions by a “competent authority”. But the ECJ stated that that decision was wrong. The reason for going on the list is irrelevant if the subsequent actions of a group justified them staying there.
In a parallel case, the Sri Lankan separatist rebels, the Tamil Tigers were removed from the list. The court said that EU had not produced any evidence to show that there was a risk of them carrying out attacks after its military defeat in 2009.