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Warrant Issued for Imelda Marcos

October 16, 2001

MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ The Philippines’ main anti-graft court issued an arrest warrant Tuesday for former first lady Imelda Marcos on four counts of corruption.

The Sandiganbayan court said the warrant for the flamboyant 72-year-old widow of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos was expected to be served later in the day. She would have to go to the court for fingerprinting, then could be rereleased on $2,400.

The charges stem from alleged ill-gotten gains during her time as minister of human settlements in the 1970s, according to court documents.

The charges are part of a much wider case against Mrs. Marcos on allegations of plundering the economy from 1968-86 while her husband ran the country.

Mrs. Marcos is known worldwide for her collection of 1,200 pairs of shoes that were discovered after she and her husband fled their palace after being ousted by a popular revolt in 1986.

Mrs. Marcos has been facing the charges for several years.

She was not immediately available for comment but has denied all corruption allegations against her in the past.

Amid allegations of widespread human rights abuses and corruption totaling billions of dollars, Marcos was toppled and driven into exile by the 1986 ``people power″ revolution. He died in Hawaii three years later.

Mrs. Marcos, who returned to the Philippines in 1991, ran unsuccessfully for president in 1992.

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