Key facts of the case:
(Common foreign and security policy — Restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities associated with Usama bin Laden, the Al-Qaeda network and the Taliban — Regulation (EC) No 881/2002 — Freezing of the funds and economic resources of a person included on a list drawn up by a United Nations body — Inclusion of that person’s name on the list in Annex I to Regulation No 881/2002 — Action for annulment — Reasonable time — Obligation to verify and justify the merits of the grounds relied on — Judicial review)
Results (sanctions) and key consequences of the case:
On those grounds, THE GENERAL COURT (Third Chamber) hereby:
- Dismisses the action as inadmissible in so far as it seeks annulment of Commission Regulation (EC) No 14/2007 of 10 January 2007 amending for the 74th time Council Regulation (EC) No 881/2002 imposing certain specific restrictive measures directed against certain persons and entities associated with Usama Bin Laden, the Al-Qaida network and the Taliban, and repealing Council Regulation (EC) No 467/2001, in so far as it concerns Mr Mohammed Al-Ghabra;
- Dismisses the action as unfounded as to the remainder;
- Orders Mr Al-Ghabra to bear his own costs and to pay those incurred by the European Commission;
- Orders the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Council of the European Union to bear their own costs.