Court or­ders ar­rest of Imelda:


Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

A Philip­pine court found for­mer first lady Imelda Mar­cos guilty of graft and or­dered her ar­rest Fri­day in a rare con­vic­tion among many cor­rup­tion cases that she plans to ap­peal to avoid jail and los­ing her seat in Con­gress.

The spe­cial anti-graft Sandi­gan­bayan court sen­tenced Mar­cos, 89, to serve 6 to 11 years in prison for each of the seven counts of vi­o­lat­ing an anti-cor­rup­tion law when she il­le­gally fun­neled about $200 mil­lion to Swiss foun­da­tions in the 1970s as Met­ro­pol­i­tan Manila gov­er­nor.

Nei­ther Mar­cos nor any­one rep­re­sent­ing her at­tended Fri­day’s court hear­ing.

Mar­cos said in a state­ment that the de­ci­sion was be­ing stud­ied by one of her lawyers who no­ti­fied the Mar­cos fam­ily that he in­tends to ap­peal the de­ci­sion. Anti-Mar­cos ac­tivists and hu­man rights vic­tims wel­comed the con­vic­tion as long over­due.

The court dis­qual­i­fied Mar­cos from hold­ing pub­lic of­fice, but she can re­main a mem­ber of the pow­er­ful House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives while ap­peal­ing the de­ci­sion. Her con­gres­sional term will end next year but she has reg­is­tered to run


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