Imelda Marcos disqualified from holding office after corruption conviction

Ex-Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos faces years behind bars

Ex-Filipino First Lady Imelda Marcos faces years behind bars

A Philippine anti-graft court on Friday sentenced former First Lady Imelda Marcos to no less than 42 years imprisonment after she was found guilty of graft for creating private foundations in Switzerland.

Despite her absence, Marcos was sentenced to a minimum of up to 11 years for each count, according to CNN affiliate CNN Philippines.

Headway only began to be made in the case when the Swiss Federal Court ruled in 1997 "that the majority of the Marcos foundation assets were of criminal origin".

However, it was unlikely 89-year-old Marcos would spend much time behind bars as she is allowed to appeal the ruling and can remain free on bail as long as the conviction is not final. This is a victory against historical revisionism.

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

"We hope our courts will see this through... and give no special treatment to Mrs. Marcos", he added. His family is said to have amassed an estimated $5 billion to $10 billion while he was in power. Duterte said through a spokesman that his administration "is not in the business of exerting undue interference or influence on courts, and therefore respects the decision".

Imelda's son, also named Ferdinand, nearly won the separate election for vice president that year.

Further complicating the political situation is that Marcos managed to win a seat in the House of Representatives four times despite these long-standing legal complaints, and is running for governor of the Ilocos Norte province, a position now held by her daughter Imee.

Imee, who swatted away queries by saying she had yet to receive "details" of the verdict, is running for the Philippines senate in 2019.

The family's notoriety stems back to Ferdinand Marcos declaring martial law in 1972. They have denied any wrongdoing and have successfully fought many other corruption cases.

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.

The Marcoses were forced to flee to Hawaii where the elder Marcos died in 1989.

Panelo was Imelda's lawyer in a previous corruption case and ran for senator under her political banner.

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