Imelda Marcos faces jail term for corruption
A PHILIPPINE court has found the country’s former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of corruption and ordered her arrest.
Marcos is to appeal against the conviction in a bid to avoid jail and losing her seat in congress.
A special court sentenced Marcos (89) to serve six to 11 years in prison for each of the seven counts of violating an anti-corruption law for illegally funnelling about £152 million to Swiss foundations in the 1970s as metropolitan Manila governor.
Neither Marcos nor her defence was in court yesterday. The court disqualified her from holding public office, but she can keep her seat in the house of representatives while appealing.
Appeal: Imelda Marcos