Philip­pine court sen­tences ex-first lady to pri­son

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MANILA, Philip­pines — A Philip­pine court on Fri­day sen­tenced Imelda Mar­cos, the coun­try’s flam­boy­ant for­mer first lady, to a min­i­mum of 42 years in pri­son for cre­at­ing pri­vate foun­da­tions to hide her un­ex­plained wealth.

But it is un­likely that Mar­cos, a 89-year-old widow, will see any jail time. The court, which han­dles graft and pub­lic cor­rup­tion cases, said the rul­ing could be ap­pealed, and le­gal ex­perts have said Mar­cos could fight a pri­son sen­tence be­cause of her ad­vanced age.

The court found Mar­cos guilty of seven counts of graft, with each count pun­ish­able by a min­i­mum of six years in pri­son. The rul­ing also au­to­mat­i­cally dis­qual­i­fies Mar­cos, who is a con­gress­woman, from hold­ing any pub­lic of­fice.

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