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EU removes MKO from terror list

Mehr News Agency - The European Union on Monday removed Mojahedin Khalq Organization from its list of terrorist organizations, EU diplomats said.

EU foreign ministers, meeting in Brussels, rubber-stamped a decision to drop the group from the blacklist, AFP reported.

The Luxembourg-based Court of First Instance ruled last month that the EU had wrongly frozen the funds of the MKO and violated its rights by not justifying why it was placed on the list.

It was the third such ruling by Europe's second-highest tribunal.

Under the decision Monday, the EU ministers adopted a new blacklist as the current one was to expire next month.

According to an EU diplomat, Belgium insisted that the adoption of the new list was "only procedural to respect the court's decision", but did not mean that the MKO was not a "terrorist" group.

"The idea is to say that the legal investigation continues, and that eventually we could put them back on the list," another EU diplomat explained.

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