Jail term for Marcos
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.