A Philippine court has found former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of graft and ordered her arrest in a rare conviction among many corruption cases she's likely to appeal to avoid jail and losing her seat in Congress.
Marcos, 89, faces imprisonment of between six and 11 years for each count of graft, according to the Sandiganbayan decision released to media today. Marcos, who is running for Ilocos Norte governor, is also perpetually disqualified from holding public office.
An arrest warrant has been filed for Imelda Marcos after the former Philippines First Lady failed to appear in court at the end of her corruption trial, according to a court official. She was a no-show at her case's promulgation so she will be given 30 days to give a reason as to why. Imelda Marcos in particular was known for her flaunting her opulent lifestyle while the country languished in poverty and civil unrest.
Marcos is the widow of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and served as First Lady from 1965 to 1986. She was acquitted on a further three counts of graft.
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Marcos, who is now a member of the House of Representatives, is running for a governor post in next year's general election. She has the right to appeal to the Supreme Court and her lawyers...
President Rodrigo Duterte, an ally of the Marcoses, said past year the Marcos family had indicated a willingness to return a still-unspecified amount of money and "a few gold bars" to help ease budget deficits.
In the 21 years that President Ferdinand Marcos was in power, he and his wife became infamous for amassing billions of dollars, with funds funnelled into Swiss bank accounts.