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Imelda Marcos given lengthy prison term in graft case

11 November, 2018, 18:23 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Imelda Marcos is assisted to her car after visiting her husband's tomb

Former Philippines' First Lady Imelda Marcos on Friday was sentenced to up to 11 years in prison on a number of corruption charges dating back to her term as the Governor of Manila between 1975 and 1986.

"The conviction of Imelda [Romualdez] Marcos for seven counts of graft by the Sandiganbayan is a welcome development in our justice system".

The Filipino people must not allow our elections to be used to invalidate the people's struggle against the Marcos dictatorship, " she explained.

According to the Associated Press, the court has disqualified her from holding public office, but she will retain her House seat while she appeals the ruling.

Assistant Special Prosecutor Ryan Quilala said the Sandiganbayan decision isn't final and executory yet as the former first lady can still file an appeal.

Imelda Marcos, 89, was the wife of late president Ferdinand Marcos, and famous for owning 1,000 pairs of shoes.

Ms. Marcos was not present during the hearing on Friday.

Her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, who was president for almost two decades, was accused of amassing more than US$10 billion while in office.

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The court's decision came 27 years after the case was first filed.

The verdict from the anti-graft Sandiganbayan court orders her to serve a minimum of six years behind bars for each of the seven charges that the Marcoses funnelled roughly $200 million through Swiss foundations decades ago.

Ferdinand Marcos ruled the Philippines for two decades, placing the country under martial law in 1972, during which time thousands of opponents were jailed, killed or disappeared.

The Marcos dynasty still has huge political power and influence in the Philippines. Imelda Marcos was convicted on two counts of corruption in 1993, but the Philippine Supreme Court overturned both convictions.

The Marcos family has yet to issue a statement on the conviction. He died in exile in 1989.

Imelda returned to the Philippines in 1992 and campaigned for the presidency, but lost it.

Former Senator Rene Saguisag also welcomed the decision of the anti-graft court. The court records indicate that the Marcos using false names.

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