Former Philippine first lady convicted of graft

Imelda Marcos is assisted to her car after visiting her husband's tomb

This just in: According to Inquirer.net, Imelda Marcos "has been found guilty of seven counts of graft by the Sandinganbayan's Fifth Division".

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.

Aside from imprisonment, the conviction also carries a penalty of perpetual disqualification to hold public office.

This is all the information we have so far but watch this space as this story develops.

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The arrest warrant may not be executed immediately because Marcos can appeal the ruling by the Sandiganbayan court, a prosecutor said.

"He (Lazaro) is presently studying the decision and has advised us that he intends to file a motion for reconsideration", Marcos said. Imelda Marcos in particular was known for her flaunting her opulent lifestyle while the country languished in poverty and civil unrest.

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".

Marcos, who is serving her third straight term as a member of congress, has registered to contest an election to succeed her daughter, Imee Marcos, 62, as governor of Ilocos Norte, the stronghold of the still powerful Marcos family. She returned to Manila in 1991 after her husband died in Honolulu but in 1993, she was convicted on two criminal corruption charges and sentenced to prison terms of nine to 12 years on each count. He indicated the family still denied that the assets had been stolen as alleged by political opponents.

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