Imelda Mar­cos faces jail term for cor­rup­tion

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY JIM GOMEZ

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

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