Spanish Supreme Court supports Fabian Picardo claim against Manos Limpias leader’s drug slur

The ruling will ‘set a precedent’ for future cross-border cases

LAST UPDATED: 14 Sep, 2016 @ 12:41

Fabian Picardo
Fabian Picardo

AN ‘historic’ Spanish Supreme Court ruling has confirmed that Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo is not a drug smuggler or money launderer.

In a case that will ‘set a precedent’ for future cross-border cases, the Madrid court backed a Gibraltar Court ruling that Manos Limpias union leader Miguel Bernad must pay Picardo £30,000 in compensation following the defamatory comments made in front of the European Commision.

A total of £1,500 will now be seized from Bernad’s pension for describing Picardo as ‘an accomplice, collaborator and co-operator in smuggling, drug trafficking and money laundering’, in 2013.

Miguel Bernad
Miguel Bernad

Leading Gibraltarian lawyer Charles Gomez believes that this ‘high-profile’ ruling will send a message out to Spaniards who think they are beyond the reach of Gibraltar’s courts.

“Until now there was an urban legend in Spain that rulings in Gibraltar would not be enforced in Spain,” he told the Olive Press.

“This high-profile decision will no doubt cause concern in some sectors where Spanish residents thought that they were beyond the reach of the Gibraltar courts.”

Bernad, 74, currently remains in prison awaiting trial for charges of extortion, being part of a criminal organization, fraud and forgery.

Picardo has always said that he will donate damages to a Gibraltar charity.

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  1. I like that Picardo have demostrared his inocency against the acusations of Manos Limpias. But what he will make about the acusations of Margallo?.

    It is time of to speak seriously about the process of decolonization of Gibraltar. It is not good to mantain this process stagnated.

    • Dream on Anselmo. The only thing stagnated is Spain itself, which has not had a government for the best part of a year. All leaders should now step down and give new some new blood a chance.

      • And let’s hope that new blood is young and coursing through the veins of a decent socialist movement.
        As for Margallo Anselmo, he will have as much effect as a wet rag.

  2. this demonstrates that the supreme court is an independent power regarding the government.
    in gibraltar, on the other hand, they have a tyranny, in the platonic sense of the term, where 1 person , picardo in this case, has the absolute power