- By J. Dana StusterJ. Dana Stuster is an assistant editor at Foreign Policy. He has studied at the American University of Beirut and graduated in 2010 with degrees in English and International Relations from the University of California, Davis. Before coming to FP, his work appeared in the Atlantic and the National Interest, among other publications.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday for accepting bribes to streamline the construction of a luxury apartment complex. When his incarceration begins in September, Olmert will be the latest in the surprisingly long list of world leaders serving hard time for a variety of crimes both real and imagined. Below are the most prominent members of a club none wanted wanted to join.
Former president of Israel
Charges: Convicted of rape and sexual harassment in 2011.
Status: In third year of a seven-year sentence.
Former president of Liberia
Charges: Convicted in 2012 of providing aid to rebels in Sierra Leone that facilitated terrorism, rape, murder, and the enlistment of child soldiers.
Status: Currently imprisoned in Britain, where he has 42 years remaining in his 50-year sentence.
Former minister of commerce of China
Charges: Convicted in 2013 of corruption, bribery, and abuse of power.
Status: Imprisoned in China with a life sentence.
Former president of Egypt
Charges: Conspiring to kill protesters and commit terror attacks, insulting the judiciary.
Status: Still on trial, but has been held in prison since being ousted from office in a military coup in July 2013.
Former deputy prime minister of Malaysia
Charges: Corruption and sodomy.
Status: Served part of a prison term for his first conviction in 2000, but was released when the charges were overturned in 2004. He faced new sodomy charges in 2008, then was acquitted, but in March 2014 a court overturned the acquittal. He remains free while appealing the charges.
Former prime minister of Thailand
Charges: Convicted in 2008 of corruption.
Status: Facing a two-year prison sentence, Thaksin never returned to Thailand after attending the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His sister and political successor, Yingluck, was also recently indicted for being derelict in her office for a failed rice subsidy program.
Former president and military chief of staff of Pakistan
Charges: High treason for declaring a state of emergency in 2007 without consulting the prime minister.
Status: Free on his own recognizance while awaiting trial.
Former president of Chad
Charges: Crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture.
Status: Arrested in June 2013, on trial in Senegal.