Before Trump, which other world leaders were charged or jailed? | Donald Trump News

Before Trump, which other world leaders were charged or jailed? | Donald Trump News

It’s the first in the US, but Donald Trump joins the list of other world leaders facing criminal charges.

Donald Trump on Tuesday will become the first or former US president to appear in court to face criminal charges.

The former leader and current 2024 Republican presidential candidate was indicted last week in a New York investigation into a hush money payment made to adult movie star Stormy Daniels.

Although the charges are the first in the US, Trump is by no means the only world leader to face criminal charges.

Here are some of the former leaders who also faced the dock:


Cristina Fern├índez de Kirchner: In 2022, Argentina’s vice president was found guilty of fraud in a case dating back to when she was president from 2007 to 2015. She was sentenced to six years in prison and banned for life from holding office political.


Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva: The current Brazilian president, who also led the country from 2003 to 2010, was convicted in 2017 on charges of money laundering and corruption. The sentence was overturned in 2021.


Ivo Sanader: In 2020, the former Croatian prime minister was found guilty of corruption and sentenced to eight years in prison. He is currently serving his sentence.


Jacques Chirac: In 2011, the former French president, who died in 2019, was convicted of corruption and given a two-year suspended prison sentence. He was also found guilty of influence peddling, breach of trust and embezzlement during his time as mayor of Paris.

Nicolas Sarkozy: In 2021, Sarkozy became the second former French president to be convicted of corruption and influence peddling. He was sentenced to three years in prison, two of them suspended.


Christian Wulff: In 2013, the former German president went on trial after being accused of receiving and giving favors in office. He was acquitted in 2014.


Moshe Katsav: In 2011, the former Israeli president was sentenced to seven years in prison for rape and other sexual offenses against subordinates. He served just over five years.

Ehud Olmert: In 2015, the former Israeli prime minister was convicted of fraud, breach of trust and tax evasion and was sentenced the following year. He served two-thirds of a 27-month sentence.

Benjamin Netanyahu: The current Israeli prime minister, who is serving his sixth term, is on trial for fraud, breach of trust and corruption. He was indicted in 2019 in long-running cases in which he is accused of accepting gifts from millionaire friends and giving regulatory favors to media moguls in exchange for favorable coverage.


Silvio Berlusconi: The former Italian prime minister was acquitted of bribery charges in three trials in 2023, 2022 and 2021. He was also acquitted in 2015 of charges of child prostitution and abuse of office. Berlusconi has faced more than 30 criminal cases since entering politics in 1994.


Muhyiddin Yassin: Malaysia’s former prime minister was charged last month with abuse of power and money laundering in connection with the awarding of government contracts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Najib Razak: Another former prime minister of Malaysia, Najib is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence that began in 2022 after he lost an appeal in a corruption case. In 2020, he was found guilty of criminal breach of trust, abuse of office and money laundering in connection with the looting of state development fund 1MDB.

South Africa

Jacob Zuma: The former South African president is embroiled in an ongoing corruption trial in which he faces charges related to money laundering and racketeering during his time as vice president in 1999.

South Korea

Lee Myung-bak: In 2020, the former South Korean president was sentenced to 17 years in prison for bribery and embezzlement, but was pardoned in 2022.

Park Geun-hye: Former President Park, the first woman to hold office, was found guilty in 2018 of bribery and coercion charges. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison, but was also pardoned in 2021.


Imran Khan: At least 85 cases have been filed against the former Prime Minister of Pakistan. Khan faces charges of corruption, “terrorism”, contempt of court, rioting and blasphemy.


Jose Socrates: In 2017, the former prime minister was indicted on corruption charges, including bribery, money laundering and tax fraud. In 2021, a judge dismissed the corruption charges but upheld lesser charges.

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