On 4 December 2008, the Court of First Instance (CFI) annulled the Council's 15 July 2008 Decision to maintain the People’s Mojahedin (PMOI) on the EU terrorist list.
The verdict emphasised that the PMOI's right of defence and effective judicial protection had been violated by the Council which had also failed to prove that the PMOI was engaged in terrorism. The verdict added that the file submitted by the French Government was not based on ‘serious and credible evidence’ and that it was in respect of individuals suspected of being members of the PMOI and not the PMOI itself.
This verdict is the last of six rulings by the High Court and the Court of Appeal in Britain, as well as the CFI, in favour of the PMOI, all of which emphasise that the PMOI is not involved in terrorism and does not plan to engage in terrorism.
What is the position of the Commission which should safeguard the rule of law in this respect?
What role has the Commission in ensuring due process and natural justice for any organisation which finds itself in this position?