By Euro Weekly News Media • 29 June 2015 • 13:09
A GIBRALTAR court has awarded £65,000 in compensation to Chief Minister Fabien Picardo against Spanish trade union Manos Limpias. The Supreme Court has ruled that the organisation must pay Picardo £30,000 in damages and a further £35,000 in legal costs for “scandalous and untrue” statements made regarding the chief minister.Manos Limpias is an organisation founded by Miguel Bernad Remon, a lawyer and prominent supporter of Spain’s far right. It claims to represent public sector employees and defend the constitutional integrity of Spain against calls for independence, and is most notable for pursuing the indictment of a Spanish judge who attempted to investigate war crimes committed by Francoist forces during the Spanish Civil War.The Chief Minister said: “It is very gratifying to see this matter now draw to a conclusion in Gibraltar. We will now start the process of enforcement in Spain. It is unacceptable that a right wing Spanish group like Manos Limpias can think they can defame Gibraltar or any Gibraltarian with such impunity. This helps to show them they cannot.”Picardo thanked his legal team and said he would donate any money recovered to a local charity.
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