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Imelda Marcos convicted of graft, court orders her arrest

Former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos, who is now a congresswoman, adjusts her glasses after attending the first Mass of the newly built Santuario de San Ezekiel Moreno Catholic church in Las Pinas city, south of Manila, in this file photo.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

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 that she’s likely to appeal to avoid jail and losing her seat in Congress.

The anti-graft Sandiganbayan court sentenced the 89-year-old Marcos to serve 6 to 11 years in prison for each of the seven counts for violating an anti-corruption law when she illegally funneled about $200 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.

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