Imelda Marcos, widow of Philippine dictator, facing jail for corruption

Court Convicts Imelda Marcos of Graft, Orders Her Arrest

Justice is the clear victim in the Sandiganbayan's verdict finding former First Lady Imelda Marcos guilty of seven counts of graft, Sen.

It stems from private organisations Marcos, 89, created while holding a variety of posts in government.

Imelda Marcos' husband was ousted by an army-backed "people power" revolt in 1986. For the coming year, Imelda Marcos has already announced that she wants to apply to be a Governor in the province of Ilocos Norte.

A court in the Philippines has sentenced former first lady Imelda Marcos to prison for corruption. Imelda's son Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr narrowly lost the vice-presidential election in 2016, a result he is now challenging, and many see him as the natural successor to President Duterte.

Marcos can apply for bail while appealing the decision, CNN Philippines reports.

Ms. Marcos was not present during the hearing on Friday. Imelda Josefa "Imee" Marcos, who is now on field according to her staff, has not reacted so far on the issue.

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A special appeals court issued an arrest order against Imelda, the wife of former President Ferdinand Marcos, after sentencing her to imprisonment of six to 11 years for siphoning $200 million of public funds to Swiss entities through seven transfers, reports Efe news. She was given 30 days by the anti-graft court to explain her absence.

"The couple opened all those accounts in Switzerland, and they used pseudonyms to hide their ownership".

The Marcos family is a close ally of Mr Duterte, a self-professed fan of the late dictator and his strongman ways. After an appeal the convictions were eventually quashed in the Supreme Court in 1998. He died in exile in 1989.

Marcos' daughter, Imee, is running for a seat in the Senate with backing from a political coalition formed by Mr Duterte's daughter. It appears unlikely, though, that she will be put behind bars.

The Supreme Court in June junked a case that alleged the Marcos widow accumulated ill-gotten wealth.

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

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