Imelda Marcos to appeal Sandiganbayan verdict

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

She is allowed to apply for bail.

Imelda Marcos has been found guilty of seven counts of graft by the Sandiganbayan's Fifth Division. She was a no-show at her case's promulgation so she will be given 30 days to give a reason as to why.

She was sentenced to imprisonment of 6 years and a month to 11 years for each of the 7 counts, with perpetual disqualification from public office.

Marcos faces arrest after the Sandiganbayan found her guilty of 7 counts of graft related to private organizations created in Switzerland while she was a government official from 1968 to 1986.

Former first lady and Ilocos Norte Rep. Imelda Marcos.

Albayalde assured that Mrs. Marcos will be treated as a normal detainee if she will be taken to the PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

In the 21 years that President Ferdinand Marcos was in power, he and his wife became infamous for amassing billions of dollars, with funds funnelled into Swiss bank accounts. It appears unlikely, though, that she will be put behind bars.

But Marcos, 89, famous for a huge collection of shoes, jewellery and artwork, can avoid arrest and remain free if she appeals the decision and if denied, she can challenge it at the Supreme Court.

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.

President Rodrigo Duterte, an ally of the Marcoses, said a year ago the Marcos family had indicated a willingness to return a still-unspecified amount of money and "a few gold bars" to help ease budget deficits.

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