NEW YORK, JUNE 19 -- The prosecution rested its case today in the federal fraud trial of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos and Saudi financier Adnan Khashoggi, and defense lawyers said they planned to call no witnesses.
The jury is to begin deliberations next week following motions and closing arguments.
"In our view, the government has utterly failed in its case. You only call witnesses if you have a case to rebut," said Marcos's attorney, Gerry Spence.
The prosecution called 95 witnesses during the three-month trial in U.S. District Court in Manhattan. They included former Marcos associates who described a pattern of corruption they said enriched Marcos and her late husband, Ferdinand E. Marcos, during his 20 years in power.
Other witnesses traced the flow of more than $220 million in allegedly stolen funds from secret Manila bank accounts through Swiss and U.S. banks to the purchase of four New York commercial buildings, jewelry and artworks.
Marcos, 60, is charged with racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, mail fraud and obstruction of justice. If convicted, she faces a maximum of 50 years in prison and a $1 million fine.
Khashoggi is accused of helping the Marcoses hide their ownership of the real estate after a 1986 injunction froze their assets. If convicted of mail fraud and obstruction of justice, he could be sentenced to 10 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.
The prosecution's case ended late in the afternoon and on an anti-climactic note: Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles LaBella read the last of the evidence into the record and said, "Your honor, with that the government rests."