Sina Bank wins EU Iran re-listing case

Sina Bank’s original EU Iran sanctions listing was annulled (see previous blog) because the reason given for its inclusion (“closely linked to the interests of ‘Daftar’… It contributes in this way to funding the regime’s strategic interests”) was too vague.  Its re-listing has now also been annulled by the General Court (link to the judgment here), although these measures have now been lifted by the JCPOA. The judgment states (in summary) that:

  • The Council should have written to the bank itself, not to its lawyers, about its designation.
  • One of the reasons for re-listing the bank (intended to show that the bank supported nuclear proliferation) was too vague, and also breached the applicant’s rights of defence and effective judicial protection. The other reason (designed to show that the bank was “controlled” by a person or entity engaged in or supporting nuclear proliferation) was not.
  • The Council erred in having re-listed Sina Bank on the grounds that it was “controlled by” the Supreme Leader and his foundation without designating either of them.
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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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