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Imelda Marcos convicted of graft in Philippines, ordered arrested


The special anti-graft Sandiganbayan court sentenced Marcos, 89, to serve 6 to 11 years in prison for each of the seven counts of violating an anti-corruption law when she illegally funneled about $200 million to Swiss foundations in the 1970s as Metropolitan Manila governor.

Neither Marcos -- famous for her huge collection of shoes, jewelry and artwork -- nor anyone representing her attended Friday's court hearing. No one has issued any reaction on her behalf, although her lawyers were expected to appeal the ruling, which anti-Marcos activists and human rights victims welcomed as long overdue.

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