Europe court ruled UK may not suspend benefits to wives of terror suspects

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On April 29, 2010, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) held that the UK government may not withhold government benefits lawfully due to the wives and families of alleged terrorists. In 2006, the UK Treasury established strict guidelines that dictated the receipt of government benefits. These regulations applied specifically to the spouses of suspected terrorists. Many of those families turned to government benefits after their assets had been frozen per a European Union (EU) regulation. The ECJ ruling struck down the 2006 guidelines, stating that they did not combat international terrorism.


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