Monday, 11th February 2013

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Ponce libel case dropped after apology

Employment Minister Joe Bossano and the Gibraltar Joinery and Building Services have dropped their publicly-funded libel action against Francisco Ponce, the chairman of the cross-border workers association Citypeg.

The decision was taken after Sr Ponce issued a public apology to them last week.

“Sr. Ponce has further acknowledged that there was no truth in the allegations made by Citypeg - on the basis of reports it received - last December of discrimination against Spanish workers on the part of Mr Bossano or GJBS,” Mr Bossano, GJBS and Sr Ponce said in a statement issued on their behalf.

“In addition Sr. Ponce has agreed, as a gesture of goodwill, to make a symbolic donation of 100 Euros to a local charity of Mr Bossano’s and GJBS’s choice in settlement of the court proceedings.”

“In light of Mr Ponce’s apology, acknowledgement and offer to donate, Mr Bossano and GJBS will now be discontinuing the proceedings against Sr Ponce.”

The lawsuit followed allegations of discrimination made by Sr Ponce in a statement issued on behalf of Citypeg in December last year.

The statement, which was published by Spanish media, claimed that Spanish employees had been banned from attending the GJBS Christmas party.

The Gibraltar Government reacted at the time and dismissed the accusations of “racism and discrimination” as “ridiculous and unfounded”.



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