Mar 14, Brussels: The apex court of European Union today delivering the judgement of a case on fundraising by the LTTE in Netherlands rejected an argument by people accused of collecting funds for Tamil Tiger rebels that activities by the group shouldn't be classified as "terrorist acts."
In the case reviewed Tuesday by the Court of Justice of the European Union, four people in the Netherlands had their assets frozen on the basis that they were involved in collecting funds for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which has been categorized as a 'terrorist' organization by the EU for approximately 10 years.
The petitioners have argued that that regulation is invalid on the ground that the activities of the LTTE were not terrorist acts. In their view, the LTTE was a non-State armed force engaged in a non-international armed conflict in Sri Lanka and consequently, its activities were governed only by international humanitarian law and not by the EU and international rules on combating terrorism.
The Court found that that actions by armed forces during periods of armed conflict, within the meaning of international humanitarian law, may constitute 'terrorist acts' for the purposes of EU law.