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Trump indictment highlights prosecution of other world leaders

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Mahmoud Bennett

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On Thursday, March 30, former President Donald Trump became the first ex-president in American history to be indicted on criminal charges. While the development marked an unprecedented moment in U.S. politics, it joins the reality of other countries around the world which have seen their former leaders indicted or jailed for various charges over the past 20 years.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had been indicted in 2019 on several corruption charges that he denies. Two of his predecessors have also been imprisoned. Despite his ongoing trial, Netanyahu returned to power last year getting reelected for a record fifth time in November.

Park Geun-hye

In South Korea, former President Park Geun-hye was indicted in 2016 and sentenced to 24 years in prison after a short trial. She was later pardoned after serving just five years. She is one of two South Korean presidents to serve time.

Najib Razak

In Malaysia, former Prime Minister Najib Razak was found guilty in 2020 and imprisoned in 2022 over the infamous multi-billion dollar IMDB scandal. In March 2023, he failed to get his conviction overturned and will continue to serve his 12-year sentence.

Leaders in Taiwan, Italy and Pakistan have also faced legal issues. At least 76 countries around the world have had ex-leaders either jailed or prosecuted since 2000, according to Axios.

Former President Trump calls his recent indictment part of the “greatest witch hunt in history” and maintains that he is innocent. According to The Associated Press, the exact nature of the charges was unclear Friday, March 31, because the indictment remained under seal. Court officials said Trump is set to be arraigned Tuesday, April 4.

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MAHMOUD BENNETT:

FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP’S INDICTMENT MARKS THE FIRST TIME IN AMERICAN HISTORY THAT AN EX-PRESIDENT FACES CRIMINAL CHARGES… AND WHILE THIS IS A NEVER BEFORE SEEN MOMENT IN US POLITICS – IT’S NOT AS UNCOMMON IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD..SO LET’S TAKE A LOOK

PERHAPS MOST NOTABLE IS THE CASE OF ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: HE WAS INDICTED IN 2019 ON SEVERAL CORRUPTION CHARGES THAT HE DENIES –  TWO OF HIS PREDECESSORS HAVE BEEN IMPRISONED .. AND DESPITE AN ONGOING TRIAL, NETANYAHU MADE A RETURN TO POWER LAST YEAR 

IN SOUTH KOREA, CORRUPTION IS NO GAME: FORMER PRESIDENT ‘PAKUN HE’ WAS INDICTED IN 2016… AFTER A SHORT TRIAL, SHE WAS SENTENCED TO 24 YEARS IN PRISON BUT PARDONED AFTER SERVING JUST FIVE. SHE’S ONE OF TWO SOUTH KOREAN PRESIDENTS TO SERVE TIME

IN MALAYSIA, EX PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK WAS FOUND GUILTY IN 2020 AND IMPRISONED LAST YEAR OVER THE INFAMOUS MULTI BILLION DOLLAR IMDB SCANDAL – IN MARCH, HE FAILED TO GET HIS CONVICTION OVERTURNED AND WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE HIS 12 YEAR SENTENCE

MEANWHILE, LEADERS IN TAIWAN, ITALY, AND PAKISTAN HAVE ALSO HAD THEIR FAIR SHARE OF RUN-INS WITH THE LAW. IN FACT, SINCE 2000, AXIOS REPORTS THAT AT LEAST 76 COUNTRIES HAVE HAD EX-LEADERS EITHER JAILED OR PROSECUTED

AS FOR DONALD TRUMP – THE FORMER PRESIDENT CALLS HIS RECENT INDICTMENT A QUOTE WITCH HUNT AND MAINTAINS HIS INNOCENCE.

IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN DEEPER COVERAGE OF THE TRUMP INDICTMENT AND WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT MOVING FORWARD, HEAD OVER TO STRAIGHT ARROW NEWS.COM – WHERE WE’LL BE DELIVERING THE UNBIASED STRAIGHT FACTS