Victory for Iran's dissidents
Victory for Iran's dissidents in a British court
By Christopher Booker
Last Wednesday three of Britain's most senior judges, led by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Phillips, dealt the Government a blow so humiliating that it should have made headlines across the land.
They gave a final rebuff to the Government's bizarre efforts, over seven years, to appease the murderous regime of the mullahs in Teheran by outlawing their main democratic opponents as terrorists.
National Council of Resistance of Iran
In the Court of Appeal, Lord Phillips ruled that the Government had no grounds to appeal against a High Court order, made last November, that it should lay an instrument before Parliament removing the People's Mujahedeen of Iran (PMOI) from its list of terrorist organisations. To include the PMOI on this list, the courts ruled, had been "perverse" and "unlawful".