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12 May 2006

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Court of Appeal's surprise ruling in Peace Tax Seven case
The Court of Appeal has accepted that taxation for military purposes 'may be legally and logically unsound
  • ' Ruling on a case brought by peace protesters the Peace Tax Seven, judges accepted the Treasury claim that Strasbourg offers a 'clear and consistent line' of reasoning which 'must be respected' as such by UK courts – even if it is flawed
  • On 4 May, the court dismissed the application and referred the matter to Strasbourg


  • Lawyers for the Seven presented their full case in the Appeal Court in March 2006, after the High Court rejected the case in July 2005
  • Before going to Strasbourg, the Seven would have to exhaust all available options in British courts
  • They are considering an attempt at the final hurdle – an application to the House of Lords

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