Imelda Mar­cos is con­victed of cor­rup­tion

Scottish Daily Mail - - News -

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.

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