THE NEW YORK TIMES
MANILA — A Manila court acquitted Imelda Marcos, the former first lady, of 32 counts of illegal money transfers, in one of a series of corruption trials she has faced over roughly two decades.
The trial court judge, Silvino Pampilo, said the government had failed to prove its case — that Mrs. Marcos, along with her husband, Ferdinand, and his associate, both now dead, illegally transferred funds 32 times to bank accounts in Switzerland between 1968 and 1976.
Mrs. Marcos, 78, who appeared in the courtroom in jewels and a green gown, told ABS-CBN television: “I am so happy, and I thank the Lord that the 32 cases have been dismissed. This will subtract from the 901 cases that were filed against the Marcoses.”
After Mr. Marcos was deposed in the “people power” uprising in 1986, succeeding governments in the Philippines sued Mrs. Marcos, her children and her husband’s associates, accusing them of stealing $10 billion during their 20 years in power. Mr. Marcos died in exile in Hawaii in 1989. Only a small fraction of the missing money has been recovered.
The exact number of charges remaining against Mrs. Marcos is unclear.