By John Smith • 03 November 2016 • 17:13
ACCORDING to breaking news from the Gibraltar Broadcasting Corporation the Spanish Union Manos Limpias – which was involved in bringing Princess Cristina to trial as part of the Noos Case – has filed for bankruptcy, in part because of a defamation case brought by Gibraltar Chief Minister Fabian Picardo against the organisation.
An initial hearing in the Gibraltar Supreme Court heard that Manos Limpias had falsely accused Mr Picardo of condoning smuggling of drugs and tobacco as well as money laundering and in agreeing with his case it awarded damages and costs in the amount £30,000 (then €36,000) to him.
Since then, the matter was referred to a court in Madrid which has upheld the decision made in Gibraltar with costs escalating and has ordered the secretary general Miguel Bernard who is currently in gaol accused of corruption to pay over part of his monthly pension to the Chief Minister who has said that he will donate any damages to local charity.
This has been the final straw for the right wing union which will now have to close its doors.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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