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A member of the Ezzedine al Qassam Brigades the military wing of Palestinian movement Hamas

The case came before the ECJ because of a judgement made by a lower European Union court in 2014, which annulled a decision made 13 years previously to list Hamas as a terror group.

In another terror listing case Wednesday, the court upheld a decision ordering the removal of the Sri Lankan rebel group Tamil Tigers from the terror list.

That court found that the listing was based on media and Internet reports rather than solid legal arguments. However the decision was annulled on procedural grounds by an European Union court in 2014. However, the "national decisions" cited by the General Court applied only to the initial listing of a terrorist group on the list, not for keeping it there.

Hamas first appealed its placement on the EU's terrorism list in 2010. The EU's top court overturned a 2014 ruling of the bloc's second highest court, saying that it "should not have annulled Hamas' retention on the European list of terrorist organizations".

However, the ECJ ruled now that the General Court had "made an error in law", making it scrutinize the case again. The court often, but not always, follows them.

While the intention - fighting terrorism - was justified, the ECJ said "several provisions of the agreement are not limited to what is strictly necessary and do not lay down clear and precise rules".

The court's ruling maintains the asset freezes and travel ban imposed on Hamas members, and prevents it from receiving funds from European NGOs.

Hamas has opposed the sanctions, arguing that it is a legally elected government and therefore has the right to conduct military operations against Israel.

After fighting broke out between the two factions in June 2007, Hamas eventually removed Fatah from the besieged Gaza Strip.

In its founding charter in 1988, Hamas called for the destruction of the state of Israel and advocated violence to achieve the goal of the restoration of a Palestinian state.

In May, Hamas issued a new policy document in a bid to rebrand itself with softer positions.

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