SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court agreed Tuesday to consider slapping a freeze again on more than $1.5 billion in assets the Philippine government alleges former ruler Ferdinand Marcos looted from the country.
A majority of 26 voting judges on the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out a June 4 ruling by a three-judge panel that had restored the fortune to Marcos on the basis that a dictator could do "whatever he can get away with."
The appeals court issued a one-page order announcing a full 11-judge panel will rehear the case but gave no explanation. A date was not set for the hearing.
The fight is over about $1.5 billion in Swiss bank accounts, $7 million in property and currency seized by U.S. Customs in Honolulu, an $800,000 Los Angeles bank account and a $4-million mansion in Beverly Hills.