Imelda Marcos is convicted of corruption
IMELDA Marcos – famous for amassing a huge collection of shoes while first lady of the Philippines – was yesterday found guilty of seven charges of corruption.
A court in the capital Manila handed the 89-year-old politician a jail sentence of between six and 11 years on each count.
Mrs Marcos was convicted in her absence. Judges ordered her arrest, but she is likely to remain free on bail while an appeal is heard.
After a long-running case, she was found guilty of seven counts of violating an anti-corruption law when she illegally funnelled about £153million to Swiss foundations in the 1970s while governor of Manila. But Mrs Marcos was acquitted in three other corruption cases.
Her husband, Ferdinand, was ousted as president by an armybacked ‘people power’ revolt in 198 after two decades in power. He died in Hawaii in 1989 but his widow and children returned to the Philippines.