ANOTHER EU SYRIA SANCTIONS CASE REJECTED: AL-CHIHABI

The EU General Court has rejected Fares Al-Chihabi’s application for annulment of his listing on the EU’s Syrian sanctions, which impose an EU-wide asset freeze and travel ban. A link to the judgment is here.

The judgment is in line with many of the European Court’s recent cases on Syrian sanctions. Mr Al-Chihabi was included for supporting the regime, as a prominent businessman and President of the Aleppo Chamber of Industry. The Court held that this was a valid reason (even though it was incorrect of the Council also to have said he was Vice-Chairman of Cham Holding), and had been stated sufficiently clearly and notified in the EU Official Journal.

As is often the case, the Court rejected arguments that his rights of defence had been infringed and that the measures are disproportionate, and declared inadmissible his fundamental rights argument for being insufficiently pleaded. The judgment distinguishes between cases in which someone is re-listed with new / amended reasons (when rights of defence require them to be sent the evidence in advance) and re-listed for the same reasons.

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About Maya Lester QC

Maya Lester QC has a wide ranging practice in public law, European law, competition law, international law, human rights & civil liberties. She has a particular expertise in sanctions. As the most recent (2016) Chambers & Partners directory put it, she "owns the world of sanctions". She spent 2011-12 in New York at Columbia Law School lecturing and writing on sanctions. She represents and advises hundreds of companies and individuals before the European and English courts and has acted in most of the leading cases, including Kadi, Tay Za, Central Bank of Iran, NITC and IRISL.

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