Italian prosecutors criticize international terrorism “blacklists”

By Luigi Ferrarella Milan – “The mere insertion” of the name of a person “on the so-called blacklists” of suspected financiers of international Islamic terrorism, compiled by the UN and the Council of the European Union, along the lines of what the United States has done after the Twin Towers massacre of 11 September 2001, “cannot represent a relevant element against someone during a judicial procedure,” because “the insertion onto blacklists (and the subsequent freezing of assets ) takes place, with bodies such as the United Nations and the European Union, within the framework of a procedure that moves chiefly on the basis of political choices and proposals, that is, without the obligation that they are preceded by any definitive judicial establishment of facts.” But for exactly this reason, the blacklist “when it does not stem from any judicial inquiry,” can constitute “only a cue to start them or enrich them,” while…