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Thursday, January 29, 1998 Published at 09:52 GMT

World: Asia-Pacific

Prison sentence upheld for Imelda Marcos
image: [ Imelda Marcos has 15 days to appeal against the latest ruling ]
Imelda Marcos has 15 days to appeal against the latest ruling

The Supreme Court in the Philippines has upheld a corruption conviction against Imelda Marcos, the widow of the former president, Ferdinand Marcos.

The court also confirmed a prison sentence, but cut it by half, to between nine and twelve years.

Mrs Marcos has 15 days to lodge a further appeal against the finding. The charges relate to government deals while her husband was in office.

The Supreme Court decision follows an appeal by Mrs Marcos against her original conviction in 1993.

Mrs Marcos -- who was elected to the Philippines Congress in 1995 -- has been on bail ever since.

Her husband, Ferdinand Marcos, was toppled from power in 1986 and died in exile in Hawaii in 1989.

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