UK High Court rules terror suspect asset freeze orders unlawful

[JURIST] The High Court in London ruled [text] Thursday that the British Treasury Department [official website] may not freeze the assets of suspected terrorists without going through Parliament first. Five UK terror suspects who had their assets frozen [BBC report] pursuant to two Orders in Council [backgrounder], the Terrorism (United Nations Measures) Order 2006 and the Al Qaeda and Taliban (United Nations Measures] Order 2006 [texts], challenged the financial sanctions.

The Orders implemented for the UK UN resolutions requiring UN member states to freeze the assets of people on a UN list of suspected al Qaeda and Taliban associates [materials]. The High Court rejected the Orders because they were not subject to parliamentary scrutiny before they came into force. BBC News has more. Reuters has additional coverage.



 

About Paper Chase

Paper Chase is JURIST's real-time legal news service, powered by a team of 30 law student reporters and editors led by law professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As an educational service, Paper Chase is dedicated to presenting important legal news and materials rapidly, objectively and intelligibly in an accessible format.

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.