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Designating Iran’s IRGC a terrorist group requires court ruling, says EU foreign policy chief

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“It is something that cannot be decided without a court, a court decision first. You cannot say I consider you a terrorist because I don’t like you,” declared EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

EU Foreign Ministers meet Monday in Brussels to discuss new sanctions against Iran in the wake of the ongoing repression, executions of protesters and continued disregard of human rights.

As European Union Foreign Ministers meet Monday in Brussels discuss new sanctions against Iran, including blacklisting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), for its role in the ongoing crackdown on protesters, the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the EU needs a court ruling before designating the IRGC a terrorist group.

“It is something that cannot be decided without a court, a court decision first. You cannot say I consider you a terrorist because I don’t like you,” Borrell said according to Reuters.

“We are going to discuss new personal sanctions in accordance with the legal framework of human rights,” he said. The Foreign Affairs Council is expected to adopt further sanctions against individuals and entities in relation to human rights violations.

The Iranian regime has killed hundreds of people in a crackdown on nationwide protests that erupted following the death on Sept. 16 of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of Iranian morality police, who had arrested her for failing to wear her veil correctly.

Last week, the the European Parliament called overwhelmingly in favor of requesting that the EU list the IRGC as a terror entity.

Israel’s Foreign Minister Eli Cohen commended the move, saying: “Iran is a terrorist state that exports terrorism to the Middle East, Europe and the entire world. The introduction of the Revolutionary Guards, the largest terrorist organization in the world, to the list of terrorist organizations of the European Union, is an important step in the fight against the Iranian regime.”

Designating the IRGC a terror group would make it a criminal offense to belong to the group, attend its meetings, or show its logo in support of the group in public.

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