Deposed Philippines leader Ferdinand Marcos, gravely ill in Hawaii, does not have to stand trial with his wife, Imelda, on charges they raided government coffers in their native land before fleeing, a judge ruled Monday.

But Judge John Keenan in U.S. District Court in Manhattan left open the possibility Marcos could be tried on racketeering charges in the unlikely event he recovers.Keenan granted the severence to Marcos after prosecutors April 5 said they agreed with Dr. Timothy Weld, a governmment-appointed physician who examined Marcos, 71, and determined he was unfit to stand trial.