(London Independent) The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has been declared a terrorist organisation by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
Judges in the European Union's most senior court ruled that the group should remain on an EU-wide blacklist and referred the case back to a lower court.
It came at the end of a long-running court battle to challenge the group's terror designation, following a previous ruling in 2014 when a lower court annulled the 2001 designation and recommended sanctions on Hamas be lifted.
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Judges at the General Court accepted arguments at the time that the EU's decision was the result of second-hand information from the internet and press rather than an independent investigation, but the finding was appealed by the European Council.