There are less countries, without any corrupt leaders, but many have. You can see corruption as the misuse of power, position, public resources and to provide unfair advantages for some close people, friends or families. The public resources often stolen by the politicians are money, medical funds, aid funds, goods and also budget distributions. Everyone must know the Corrupt Leaders of the World, who have affected the social, economic and political aspects of countries.
The government officials should support and protect the people’s rights so that they can live a better life. People vote them and believe that these leaders will work for the citizen’s welfare, but they are more concerned to fill their own pockets through state’s money. In this article, we have gathered the list of 10 corrupt leaders of the world, read it out and share with others.
“Money and corruption are ruining the land, crooked politicians betray the working man, pocketing the profits and treating us like sheep, and we’re tired of hearing promises that we know they’ll never keep.”
1. Mohamed Suharto, Indonesia
By going through the corrupt leaders of the world, the person at the top is Mohamed Suharto, the second President of Indonesia. His government was ushered in the “New Order” management, that alleviated the society by diversity. He ruled the country from 1967 to 1998 and during his 31 years, Suharto stole $15 billion to 35$ billion. During his rule, Indonesia’s market collapsed and in the meanwhile, he made him, his family and friend’s ultra-rich. He was arrested in 2000, but was later released due to health issues.
2. Ferdinand Marcos, Philippines
The former President of Philippines placed the country under martial law as a dictator. He stole $5 billion to $10 billion in his era and was famous for his wartime exploits against the Japanese in World War II. During his time, he abused power and committed violations of many human rights. He also did many extrajudicial killings. He died in 1989 because of renal failure while exiled in Hawaii.
3. Mobutu Sese Seko, Zaire
During the power struggle, the person who seizes the authority is even worse than his ancestor. He started everything as the Congo’s head of state by leading the revolt besides its first Prime Minister. He was none other than Patrice Lumumba, accused of prompting the public violence. In the era of Mobutu Sese Seko, the country suffered from the huge debts, inflation and also devolution. He was able to cheated over $5 billion from public funds and died in September 7, 1997 due to prostate cancer. Not only this, exiled in Morocco and today, he is known as the most corrupt leader of Africa.
4. Sani Abacha, Nigeria
The former Nigerian President Sani Abacha stole $2 billion to $5 billion in five years from 1993 to 1998. Just like other strong leaders, who was unable to stay strong and honest and became selfish, Sani Abacha is one of those corrupt leaders of the world. He reduced the inflation from Nigeria with the rate of 54 percent to 8.5 percent in only five years, but his name cannot be removed from the list of corrupt leaders because Abacha was accused of many human rights. He was succeeded to take away $5 billion and charged with many corruption charges. His health didn’t help him and he died in 1998, due to sudden heart attack.
5. Slobodan Milosevic, Serbia
He served as a two-term Serbian president and became the president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in 1997. Like other corrupt leaders of the world, he was also involved in multiple crimes against humanity. In 2001, he was arrested in the corruption case of $1 billion from public funds. Not only this, later he was handed over to the UN to face the war crimes committed in Bosnia, Kosovo and Croatia.
6. Jean-Calude Duvalier, Haiti
Duvalier was inherited by the office of his father and was popularly known as ‘Baby Doc’. Against communism, he fully enjoyed the support of U.S for his faithful stand against communism. During his rule, he and his partners made over $800 million with the drug trade and sale of the body parts of dead Haitians on the black market. Because of his enough brutal exercise, he was exiled to France on a U.S Air Force plane. He was arrested after return to Haiti and died because of cardiac failure.
7. Alberto Fujimori, Peru
The man, who was able to embezzle $600 million from 1990 to 2000, was none other than Alberto Fujimori. At the start, he made his country anti-terrorist and promote free policies. He also destroyed riots by supporting the economy of Peru, but he was then able to illegally accumulate over $600 million from public funds. Alberto was then escaped to Japan in 2000, for the charges of corruption and human rights violations. After seven years, he was arrested in Chile and deported back to Peru.
8. Pavlo Lazarenko, Ukraine
He remained Prime Minister of Ukraine for only a year from 1996 to 1997, but in this reign, he was able to pocketed %114 million to $200 million. The reports said that Pavlo was able to manage over half a million dollars every day from his office in only 357 days. He was then arrested and sentenced in the US for the charges of money laundering.
9. Arnoldo Aleman, Nicaragua
Arnoldo allegedly stole $100 million from the country between 1997 to 2002. He was able to do the wrong doings because he was issued by the government credit card. After all the corruptions and wrong use of public money, Arnoldo was arrested and now he is known as one of the corrupt leaders of the world.
10. Joseph Estrada, Philippines
The Philippines head of state, Joseph Estrada pocketed $78 million to $80 million during his reign from 1998 to 2001. He started his career as a celebrated movie star and forced himself to exploit the public rights. In 2007, he carries the penalty of lifetime imprisonment, but six weeks later he was granted by the executive mercy. Due to this clemency, he was able to take another crack at the highest office in the Philippines in 2010.
Pakistan’s Corrupt Leader, Nawaz Sharif
When talking about all the corrupt leaders of the world, I cannot stop myself from writing about the Nawaz Sharif, who is now the most corrupt politician of Pakistan. He and his family are the fourth richest family in all over the Pakistan because he has lots of mills and companies in Pakistan and also outside the country. His name is also involved in the Panama Paper Leaks of off Shore money as he is the owner of many projects, lands and business, which he has hidden from the Government of Pakistan. He has extracted lot of money from mega projects in Pakistan, but he always denies it. For all of his wrong deeds, his name is also in the list of corrupt leaders. You can mark his name on any of the numbers of the above given list of corrupt leaders of the world.