The General Court of the EU has dismissed the annulment applications brought by Mohamad Hamcho, Hamcho International, Aiman Jaber, and Khaled Kaddour, all challenging their re-listings on the EU’s Syria sanctions. Links to the judgments are here – Case T-153/15 Hamcho and Hamcho International v Council, Case T-154/15 Jaber v Council, & Case T-155/15 Kaddour v Council.
All had had their original listings annulled in November 2014 (see previous blog) because the Council had failed to provide evidence to support the suggestion they were associates of Maher Al Assad and involved in financially supporting the regime or, in the case of Mr Jaber, in the violent repression of civilians. The reasons for the new listings focused in more detail on the applicants’ roles as prominent businessmen in Syria and how they were said to have benefitted from and supported or were associated with the Syrian regime; the Court said there was now enough evidence to support those reasons. The judgments contain interesting comments on the probative value of certain kinds of evidence, and the evidence necessary to establish that businessmen in Syria are associated with the regime.