Mar­cos faces ar­rest, jail time for graft

Toronto Sun - - NEWS -

Imelda Mar­cos, the widow of Philip­pine dic­ta­tor Fer­di­nand Mar­cos, has been found guilty of graft and is fac­ing ar­rest and a jail term of at least six-years.

The in­cum­bent law­maker — known for her col­lec­tion of more than 1,000 pairs of shoes — was found guilty of seven counts of graft for al­legedly main­tain­ing Swiss ac­counts as a Cab­i­net mem­ber dur­ing her hus­band’s rule, the coun­try’s an­ti­cor­rup­tion court de­cided on Fri­day. Mar­cos plans to ap­peal the rul­ing.

The court’s de­ci­sion came 27 years af­ter the case was first filed. Mar­cos, 89, faces im­pris­on­ment of be­tween six and 11 years for each count of graft — the sec­ond time she’s been con­victed out of dozens of cases filed against the fam­ily.

She was first con­victed by the anti-graft court in 1993, seven years af­ter the pop­u­lar rev­o­lu­tion that ousted her hus­band and sent the fam­ily to ex­ile in Hawaii.

In 1998, the Supreme

Court ac­quit­ted Imelda from al­le­ga­tions that she en­tered anoma­lous con­tracts dur­ing her hus­band’s term, re­vers­ing the anti-court’s rul­ing.

She can also el­e­vate this lat­est case be­fore the top court and post bail.

Her lawyer is study­ing the de­ci­sion “and has ad­vised us that he in­tends to file a mo­tion for re­con­sid­er­a­tion,” Mar­cos said in a state­ment.

The Mar­cos fam­ily is a known sup­porter of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte.

The Philip­pine leader had said that he wants to be suc­ceeded by the late dic­ta­tor’s son, Fer­di­nand “Bong­bong” Mar­cos. Duterte also has the power to par­don

Mar­cos.

IMELDA MAR­COS

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