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Iran: European court defeats

Iran has been hit by a series of setbacks in European courts over cases related to the sanctions imposed while it was pursuing its controversial nuclear programme. On 14 March, Bank Tejarat lost a long-running case at the General Court of the European Court of Justice (ECJ), where it argued against its designation under European sanctions. In January 2012 the bank had been added to a list of sanctioned entities by the European Council, on the basis it had facilitated the nuclear weapons programme and helped the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) and other United Nations-designated entities to bypass sanctions.

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