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Philippine court finds Imelda Marcos guilty of graft

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A Philippine court has found former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of graft.A Philippine court has found former first lady Imelda Marcos guilty of graft.
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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.

The anti-graft Sandiganbayan court on Friday sentenced the 89-year-old to six to 11 years jail for each of the seven counts for violating an anti-corruption law when she illegally funnelled about $US200 million ($A275 million) to Swiss foundations in the 1970s.

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

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 husband, Ferdinand Marcos, was ousted by a “people power” revolt in 1986 and died in 1989.

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