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Imelda Marcos faces arrest for graft

09 November 2018, 08:55 | Darnell Patrick

Imelda Marcos found guilty on 7 counts of graft

Ex-Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos faces years behind bars

The 89-year-old widow of former Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos was not present in court Friday when it was announced that she had been found guilty of seven counts of graft.

The court ordered Marcos, a congresswoman, to serve six to 11 years in jail for each of the seven counts of graft.

She is now a member of the House of Representatives for Ilocos Norte.

The Sandiganbayan Fifth Division also ordered the issuance of an arrest warrant against Mrs. Marcos.

Meanwhile, the court acquitted her of three counts of graft.

As well as being first lady, she was the minister of human settlements from 1976 to 1986 and governor of Manila from 1978 to 1984.

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She said former Court of Appeals justice Manuel "Lolong" Lazaro would act as her interim counsel as her other lawyer, Robert Sison, is confined at a hospital.

The court's decision is not final and both the prosecution and Marcos' camp can still file a motion for reconsideration.

Marcos maintained accounts with the Swiss Bank Corporation for the said foundations "for the benefit of the accused and her late husband", according to the charge sheets.

Ferdinand Marcos had placed the Philippines under martial rule a year before his term was to expire.

"Duterte's spokesman, Salvador Panelo, said in a statement the ruling against Imelda Marcos was proof that the executive "is not in the business of exerting undue interference or influence" on courts, and therefore respects the decision".

Duterte allowed Marcos' embalmed body to be buried at a special heroes' cemetery in 2016, and the president is often accompanied at official events by Imee Marcos.



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