The former first lady of the Philippines, who became renowned for her lavish collection of shoes, has been found guilty of seven counts of corruption during her twenty years in office.
Marcos was charged for allegedly having financial or pecuniary interest in and participating in the management of several foundations despite a constitutional prohibition while she was a member of the Interim Batasang Pambansa and when she was minister of Human Settlements from 1968 to 1986.
The Sandiganbayan said the former first lady can have provisional liberty if she posts a cash bond while appealing the conviction.More news: Pakistani delegation in China to finalise modalities for economic cooperation
"Mayroong 7 Swiss foundations that were created by the Marcoses", Assistant Special Prosecutor Ryan Rey Quilala told reporters.
Despite her absence, Marcos was sentenced to a minimum of up to 11 years for each count, according to CNN affiliate CNN Philippines.
Marcos' graft cases stemmed from complaints filed in 1991 when prosecutors alleged that the Marcos family channeled public funds into their personal accounts overseas. "Na-trace po 'yung flow ng pera", he said in an ambush interview on Friday.More news: Ariana Grande performs 'Thank U, Next' in a wedding dress
Marcos, 89, is the wife of former President Ferdinand Marcos and the mother of Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos and former Senator and vice presidential hopeful Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
Opposition congressmen lauded the Sandiganbayan's conviction of Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos for graft on Friday, November 9. It has always been an uphill struggle, then all of a sudden, here it is after so much work.
"The verdict, which should see her jailed for a long time and perpetually disqualify her from holding public office, shows us how Imelda Marcos can be held accountable for her role in the worst plunder in the nation's history". She has the right to appeal to the Supreme Court and her lawyers... "But still, they did not give up and that is what counts". But, I am not certain Imelda should be jailed.More news: Republican Donald Trump elected President of the United States of America
"There are so many candidates, prior to this coming election, who ran even if they have convictions which were not yet final", he said.