The former First Lady of the Philippines, known for her lavish shoe collection, was found guilty of corruption in seven cases during her twenty-year tenure.
Imelda Marcos, 89, is sentenced to six to eleven years in prison for each transplant. The charges, which are the result of a court case that has been going on for two decades, refer to private foundations established in Switzerland between 1968 and 1986 in public offices.
The arrest of Marcos, who had not participated in the trial, was ordered immediately after the verdict. However, she may remain on bail while she addresses the conviction.
She has also been permanently excluded from public office by being convicted, which means that she must resign from her current position in the House of Representatives, where she will take a third term of office.
In the 21 years that President Ferdinand Marcos was in power, he and his wife became notorious for accumulating billions of dollars and distributing the funds to Swiss bank accounts. In particular, Imelda Marcos was known for displaying her opulent lifestyle while the country was in poverty and civil unrest.
She was from 1976 to 1986 Minister of Settlements and from 1978 to 1984 Governor of Manila.
The family fled to Hawaii in 1986 when the army and the Filipino people turned against the president in a bloodless popular uprising. After they left, Marcos' collection of 1,100 shoes was exhibited at the Presidential Palace to show people the extent of the wealth they had gained in office.
It is not the first time that the former First Lady has been charged with corruption. She returned to Manila in 1991 after her husband died in Honolulu. In 1993, however, she was sentenced to nine to twelve years in prison for two charges of corruption. Following an appeal, the convictions were overturned in 1998 before the Supreme Court.
Her arrest was again ordered in 2009 for corruption in two cases, but she left bail and stayed out of jail.
The Marcos dynasty still has great political power and influence in the Philippines. Imelda's son Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. narrowly lost the vice-presidential election in 2016, a result he is currently challenging, and many see him as the natural successor to President Duterte.