5 World Leaders Who Have Been Convicted of a Crime

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Politics: where power and corruption often walk hand in hand. With Donald Trump in the news recently about his recent indictment, we look at five world leaders who have been convicted of a crime, proving that no one is above the law.

From war crimes and human rights abuses to bribery and corruption, these snippets will leave you on the edge of your seat. A look at the darker side of political leadership, shows how some of the world’s most powerful figures have fallen from grace, ultimately facing the wrath of justice.

Let’s venture through the corridors of power, unearthing some truly jaw-dropping stories of crime and punishment.

Alberto Fujimori, Peru

5 World Leaders Who Have Been Convicted of a Crime. Alberto Fujimori, Peru
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This former Peruvian president (1990-2000) had quite the fall from grace. Fujimori was found guilty of human rights abuses, including authorising a death squad responsible for killing civilians, as well as embezzlement and bribery.

In 2009, he was sentenced to 25 years in prison. However, he was pardoned in 2017 on medical grounds, sparking massive protests. The pardon was later overturned, and he’s currently back behind bars.

Slobodan Milošević, Serbia

Slobodan Milošević, Serbia
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As the former President of Serbia (1991-1997) and the President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (1997-2000), Milošević was a key player in the Yugoslav Wars.

He was charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide by the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Unfortunately, he died in 2006 while on trial, never receiving a formal conviction.

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Charles Taylor, Liberia

Charles Taylor, Liberia.
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Taylor, Liberia’s president from 1997 to 2003, was found guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity, committed during the Sierra Leone Civil War. The charges included murder, rape, and using child soldiers.

In 2012, he was sentenced to 50 years in prison by the Special Court for Sierra Leone, making him the first African leader to be convicted by an international tribunal.

Park Geun-hye, South Korea

Park Geun-hye, South Korea. 5 World Leaders Who Have Been Convicted of a Crime
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South Korea’s first female president (2013-2017) was impeached in 2017 for corruption and abuse of power. Park was found guilty of colluding with a close friend, Choi Soon-sil, to extort money from major South Korean companies. She was sentenced to 24 years in prison, later increased to 25 years.

Lula da Silva, Brazil

Lula da Silva, Brazil.
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Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the popular Brazilian president (2003-2011), was convicted of corruption and money laundering in 2017 as part of the massive “Operation Car Wash” investigation. He was sentenced to 9 years and 6 months in prison. The sentence was later increased to 12 years and 1 month, but Lula was released in 2019 pending an appeal.

Even the most powerful figures can face the consequences of their actions. The stories of these fallen leaders serve as a stark reminder of the need for transparency, integrity, and the rule of law in the world of politics.

Let’s hope that the lessons learned from these high-profile convictions help to foster a future where justice prevails, and the line between power and corruption is never crossed. Who will be next to join the small list of world leaders who have been convicted of a crime?

Stay curious and keep exploring the fascinating world of true crime!

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