{mosimage}BPCIF: The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom welcomed Saturday a US federal appeals court judgement ordering the State Department to review its decision to label Iran's main opposition group as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation. PRESS RELEASE


 
{mosimage}The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom welcomed Saturday a US federal appeals court judgement ordering the State Department to review its decision to label Iran's main opposition group as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation.
 
The court of appeal in the District of Columbia Friday said the State Department had erred in classifying the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) as a terrorist organisation. The ruling by the three-judge panel said the State Department had violated the group's due process protections by not giving it a chance to rebut unclassified information used to justify the designation, and it called for the status to be reviewed by the Secretary of State.
 
Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, Chairman of the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom, said: "The decision by the US court of appeal demonstrates once again that the blacklisting of the People's Mojahedin was from the outset a political decision in order to curry favour with the mullahs ruling Iran. The U.S. ruling follows the de-listing of the group by the European Union last year after courts in Britain and the EU found it was not involved in terrorism".
 
"There is absolutely no evidence to justify the PMOI's continued designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organisation. It is now incumbent on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to revoke the group's designation".
 
"The U.S. has suffered in Iranian public opinion for maintaining the designation on Iran's largest opposition group. At a time when millions in Iran seek democratic change, the Obama administration should demonstrate to Iranians that it will no longer hinder their legitimate opposition movements", Lord Corbett said.
 
17 July 2010
Office of Lord Corbett of Castle Vale
Chairman, British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom
 
 
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The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom is supported by a majority of MPs of all Parties and 200 Members of the House of Lords.