Imelda Marcos given 42 years in jail for corruption

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

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

Imelda Marcos was found guilty of corruption on Friday and handed a lengthy prison term in a rare conviction for the former Philippine first lady accused with her late dictator husband of embezzling billions of dollars from state coffers.

It stems from private organisations Marcos, 89, created while holding a variety of posts in government.

Marcos was sentenced to imprisonment for a minimum of six years to 11 years and a month maximum.

The verdict is a blow to the Marcos family, who despite the opprobrium heaped on their dictatorship, have established themselves as a rich and powerful political dynasty.

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She is now a member of the House of Representatives for Ilocos Norte. "The president chose William Saunders and Imelda Marcos used Jane Ryan", special prosecutor Ryan Quilala told reporters. Aside from this decision, she is no longer allowed to hold any position in public office.

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

She said the court decision came at a time when the Marcos family was "desperately trying to revise history and clear their name of the crimes they committed".

The Office of the Ombudsman filed the 10 graft cases in 1991, while the court acquitted her in three counts of graft.

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The incumbent lawmaker - known for her collection of more than 1,000 pairs of shoes - was found guilty of seven counts of graft for allegedly maintaining Swiss accounts as a cabinet member during her husband's rule, the country's anti-corruption court decided on Friday.

Marcos died in 1989 while still in exile. After an appeal the convictions were eventually quashed in the Supreme Court in 1998.

Imelda returned to the Philippines in 1992 and campaigned for the presidency, but lost it.

The Marcos family has yet to issue a statement on the conviction. Duterte also has the power to pardon Marcos after a final court ruling.

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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, he believes Marcos should not be put to jail considering her old age.

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