{mosimage}The Sunday Telegraph - In a street off London's Chancery Lane on Friday 400 Iranians celebrated a court victory that has left the British Government in a deep double embarassment. Not only were ministers found to have acted illegally in outlawing the chief Iranian opposition group, the People's Mujahideen of Iran (PMOI), as a terrorist organisation; they now face searching questions from their EU colleagues as to why they have twice incited the European Council to a unique act of defiance by ignoring a ruling from the European Court of Justice.

{mosimage}The Guardian - The government has been ordered to remove the main Iranian opposition organisation from a list of banned terrorist groups by a panel that called the decision to list the group "perverse". The Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission (POAC) ruled yesterday that the home secretary, Jacqui Smith, acted illegally in refusing to take the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) off the proscribed terrorist blacklist drawn up under the 2000 Terrorist Act.

{mosimage}AFP - A cross-party group of British politicians on Thursday called for the European Union to follow the United States' lead and impose sanctions targeting Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps. The British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom made its feelings clear in a letter to the current head of the rotating EU presidency, Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates, after Washington's unilateral announcement last week.

{mosimage}Daily Telegraph - 'All our nuclear activities have been completely peaceful and transparent," Iran's president told the United Nations on Tuesday. But Mahmoud Ahmadinejad does not seem to have won over the doubters.  The Foreign Office says it has evidence that the mullahs of Iran are arming the Taliban in Afghanistan. While one can see that a pragmatic foreign policy may require us to work with countries that we do not like, that should surely not extend to banning Iran's main opposition group – the PMOI — which seeks to replace Mr Ahmadinejad's regime with a democratically elected, secular government.