Jail term for Mar­cos

The West Australian - - WORLD -

A Philip­pine court has found for­mer first lady Imelda Mar­cos guilty of graft and or­dered her ar­rest in a rare con­vic­tion among many cor­rup­tion cases she is likely to ap­peal to avoid jail and los­ing her seat in Con­gress.

The spe­cial anti-graft Sandi­gan­bayan court yes­ter­day sen­tenced Mar­cos, 89, to serve six to 11 years in jail for each of seven counts of vi­o­lat- ing an anti-cor- rup­tion law when she il­le­gally fun­nelled about $276 mil­lion to Swiss foun­da­tions in the 1970s.

Nei­ther Mar­cos nor any­one rep­re­sent­ing her at­tended the court hear­ing and no one is­sued any re­ac­tion on her be­half. The court dis­qual­i­fied Mar­cos from hold­ing pub­lic of­fice but she can stay a mem­ber of the pow­er­ful House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives while ap­peal­ing the de­ci­sion.

Imelda Mar­cos’s hus­band, for­mer Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand Mar­cos, was ousted by an army­backed “peo­ple power” re­volt in 1986. He died in 1989.

Imelda Mar­cos

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