The General Court of the EU in Case T-348/13 Ahmed Mohammed Al Kadhaf Dam v Council (24 September 2014) has annulled the inclusion of Mr Al Kadhaf Dam on the EU’s restrictive measures relating to Libya – judgment here (available only in French so far). Those sanctions, in force since 2011, target (among others) people involved in serious human rights abuses against Libyans.
Mr Al Kadhaf Dam was included in March 2011 for being a cousin of Colonel Gaddafi, and for participating in planning operations against Libyan dissidents and organizing an army unit around Colonel Gaddafi. He was re-listed in April 2013 for the same reason. The Court held that since that re-listing decision was taking after the civil war in Libya and overthrow of the Gaddafi regime, and after the applicant’s resignation from that regime, the Council had not given an adequate justification for maintaining his designation in 2013.
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