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OffbeatImelda Marcos convicted of graft, court orders her arrest

15:56  09 november  2018
15:56  09 november  2018 Source:   msn.com

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A Philippine court found former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of graft and ordered her arrest Friday in a rare conviction among many corruption cases that She was once convicted of a graft case in 1993, but the Supreme Court later cleared her of any wrongdoing. President Rodrigo Duterte, an ally

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Imelda Marcos , 89, is facing a jail sentence of between six and 11 years for each count of graft . The charges, the result of a court case which has been running for two decades, relate to private She returned to Manila in 1991 after her husband died in Honolulu but in 1993, she was convicted on Her arrest was ordered again in 2009 for two counts of corruption but she posted bail and stayed out of jail.

Imelda Marcos , the 89-year-old former first lady of the Philippines, was sentenced to 42 years in prison on The court found her guilty of seven counts of graft , with each count punishable by a minimum of six Mrs. Marcos did not appear in court for the sentencing, and a warrant was issued for her arrest .

The special anti-graft Sandiganbayan court sentenced Marcos, 89, to serve 6 to 11 years in prison for each of the seven counts of violating an anti-corruption law when she illegally funneled about $200 million to Swiss foundations in the 1970s as Metropolitan Manila governor.

Neither Marcos nor anyone representing her attended Friday's court hearing.

Marcos said in a statement that the decision was being studied by one of her lawyers who notified the Marcos family that he intends to appeal the decision. Anti-Marcos activists and human rights victims welcomed the conviction as long overdue.

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The Philippines' anti-corruption court on Friday ordered the arrest of former first lady Imelda Marcos after finding her guilty on seven counts of graft REUTERS/Erik De Castro. But Marcos , 89, famous for a huge collection of shoes, jewelry and artwork, can avoid arrest and remain free if she appeals

The Philippines' anti-corruption court on Friday ordered the arrest of former first lady Imelda Marcos after finding her guilty on seven counts of graft REUTERS/Erik De Castro. But Marcos , 89, famous for a huge collection of shoes, jewelry and artwork, can avoid arrest and remain free if she appeals

The court disqualified Marcos from holding public office, but she can remain a member of the powerful House of Representatives while appealing the decision. Her congressional term will end next year but she has registered to run to replace her daughter as governor of northern Ilocos Norte province.

"I was jumping up and down in joy in disbelief," said former Commission on Human Rights chairwoman Loretta Ann Rosales, who was among many activists locked up after Imelda's husband, former President Ferdinand Marcos, declared martial law in the Philippines in 1972.

Rosales said the decision was a huge setback to efforts by the Marcos family to revise history by denying many of the atrocities under the dictatorship, and urged Filipinos to fight all threats against democracy and civil liberties.

Former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr., who was also jailed during the Marcos dictatorship, said it was up to voters in next year's May 13 local elections, where Marcos is a candidate, if they want "somebody who has a bad name representing them, that's your call."

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Marcos asked Imelda to help him mend ties with Lopez, and Imelda burst into tears in order to Women were not welcome in the Saudi court , but Imelda , through her connection to the surgeon who Days after the announcement, a warrant of arrest was issued for Amelita Cruz, author of the

The Philippines' main anti- graft court issued an arrest warrant today for former first lady Imelda Marcos on four counts of corruption. The court said the warrant for the flamboyant 72-year-old widow of late dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos was expected to be served later in the day.

Imelda Marcos' husband was ousted by an army-backed "people power" revolt in 1986. He died in self-exile in Hawaii in 1989 but his widow and children returned to the Philippines. Most have been elected to public offices in an impressive political comeback.

Government prosecutor Ryan Quilala told reporters that Marcos and her husband opened and managed Swiss foundations in violation of the Philippine Constitution, using aliases in a bid to hide stolen funds. The Marcoses have been accused of plundering the government's coffers amid crushing poverty. They have denied any wrongdoing and have successfully fought many other corruption cases.

Imelda Marcos was acquitted Friday in three other cases, which were filed in 1991 and took nearly three decades of trial by several judges and prosecutors. She was once convicted of a graft case in 1993, but the Supreme Court later cleared her of any wrongdoing.

President Rodrigo Duterte, an ally of the Marcoses, said last 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. He indicated the family still denied that the assets had been stolen as alleged by political opponents.

Ferdinand Marcos had placed the Philippines under martial rule a year before his term was to expire. He padlocked Congress, ordered the arrest of political rivals and left-wing activists and ruled by decree. His family is said to have amassed an estimated $5 billion to $10 billion while he was in power.

A Hawaii court found Marcos liable for human rights violations and awarded $2 billion from his estate to compensate more than 9,000 Filipinos who filed a lawsuit against him for torture, incarceration, extrajudicial killings and disappearances.

Duterte has acknowledged that Imee Marcos, the couple's daughter and a provincial governor, backed his presidential candidacy.

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