|US Court rules against attempt to de-list the LTTE|
|Tuesday, 25 August 2009|
A US Court has ruled against an attempt to de-list the LTTE by an organization which had challenged an executive order issued by President George W. Bush in 2001 which allowed the US government to designate groups as terrorist organizations, freeze their assets and block aid, the US media reported.
The International Emergency Economic Powers Act was enacted by Congress in 1977 and was originally used by presidents to impose economic sanctions on foreign nations considered a threat to national security.
But in 2001, President George W. Bush issued executive orders under the law that enabled him, through the Treasury Department, to designate groups as terrorist organizations, freeze their assets and prohibit any aid or services to the groups.
The penalty for violating the law is a fine of either $250,000 or twice the amount of money given to a group.
The procedure was challenged in federal court in Los Angeles by the Humanitarian Law Project, which sought to aid the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in Turkey and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam in Sri Lanka.
Project lawyers argued that the law was unconstitutionally vague and that it violated the First Amendment right of free speech.
But a panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday by a 2-1 vote that the law regulates conduct, not speech, and does not violate the Constitution.
The court majority said, "There is no right to provide resources with which terrorists can buy weapons and explosives." (DM Online)
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