Philippines hands Imelda Marcos lengthy prison term in graft case

Court Convicts Imelda Marcos of Graft, Orders Her Arrest

"Wherefore, judgment is hereby rendered finding the accused, Imelda R. Marcos, guilty beyond reasonable doubt for violation of R.A. No. 3019 Section 3 (h)... whereby she is sentenced in each case to suffer an indeterminate penalty of imprisonment of six years and one month, as minimum, to 11 years, as maximum, with perpetual disqualification from holding public office", the dispositive portion of the decision read. She was once convicted of a graft case in 1993, but the Supreme Court later cleared her of any wrongdoing.

The family fled to Hawaii in 1986 when the army and the Philippine people turned against the president in a bloodless popular revolt.

As a government official in the Marcos administration, Imelda was barred by law from having any outside financial interests, including in the Swiss foundations.

While an arrest warrant will be issued, Quilala said that Marcos can still seek remedies because the decision is not yet "final and executory". "The decision is a welcome relief and mitigates the pain of the past but only a full and voluntary acknowledgment by the Marcoses of their deeds can we say that closure is coming", he added.

Imelda Marcos was acquitted on Friday in three other cases, which were filed in 1991 and took almost three decades of trial by several judges and prosecutors. She is allowed to apply for bail.

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.

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The 89-year-old Marcos - known for her more than 1,000 pairs of designer shoes and eye-popping diamonds while millions of Filipinos suffered in poverty - said she would appeal her conviction.

In the decades since his ouster the effort to recover the pilfered money has been halting and uneven.

The funds had earlier been turned over by the Swiss judiciary after concluding that the funds were stolen from the Manila government.

Imelda and Ferdinand's daughter Imee Marcos is the governor of the family's northern stronghold of Ilocos Norte province and helped bankroll the 2016 election campaign of President Rodrigo Duterte, according to him.

He has put the count under protest and hopes to run for president after Duterte's term ends in mid-2022.

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