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Politicians under investigation: former world leaders suspected of corruption

July 02, 2014, 11:39 UTC+3
Nicolas Sarkozy and other former world leaders brought under investigation as corruption suspects
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Sarkozy repeatedly denied accusations and demanded a transparent investigation into his case
Sarkozy repeatedly denied accusations and demanded a transparent investigation into his case
Sarkozy repeatedly denied accusations and demanded a transparent investigation into his case
© EPA/JULIEN WARNAND
In August 2013 former prime minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to four years in prison for financial fraud. Later, however, the prison term was changed to community service due to Berlusconi's age
In August 2013 former prime minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to four years in prison for financial fraud. Later, however, the prison term was changed to community service due to Berlusconi's age
In August 2013 former prime minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to four years in prison for financial fraud. Later, however, the prison term was changed to community service due to Berlusconi's age
© EPA/CIRO FUSCO
InMay 2014 CAiro's criminal court sentenced Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak to three years' imprisonment on charges of theft of state funds
InMay 2014 CAiro's criminal court sentenced Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak to three years' imprisonment on charges of theft of state funds
InMay 2014 CAiro's criminal court sentenced Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak to three years' imprisonment on charges of theft of state funds
© EPA/AHMED ALMASRY/ALMASRY ALYOUM
In October 2011 former prime minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison on the charge of abuse of office when signing gas agreements with Russia. On February 22 2014 she was released from prison and cleared of charges
In October 2011 former prime minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison on the charge of abuse of office when signing gas agreements with Russia. On February 22 2014 she was released from prison and cleared of charges
In October 2011 former prime minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison on the charge of abuse of office when signing gas agreements with Russia. On February 22 2014 she was released from prison and cleared of charges
© EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO
On May 23, 2014 ex-president of Guatemala Alfonso Portillo was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison for taking a bribe from Taiwan authorities and money laundering.  Portillo pleaded guilty
On May 23, 2014 ex-president of Guatemala Alfonso Portillo was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison for taking a bribe from Taiwan authorities and money laundering.  Portillo pleaded guilty
On May 23, 2014 ex-president of Guatemala Alfonso Portillo was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison for taking a bribe from Taiwan authorities and money laundering. Portillo pleaded guilty
© EPA/SAUL MARTINEZ
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years of imprisonment and two years' suspended for bribery in May 2014
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years of imprisonment and two years' suspended for bribery in May 2014
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years of imprisonment and two years' suspended for bribery in May 2014
© EPA/FINBARR O'REILLY / POOL
Peru's ex-president Alberto Fujimori is currently serving a prison term for corruption and human rights abuse
Peru's ex-president Alberto Fujimori is currently serving a prison term for corruption and human rights abuse
Peru's ex-president Alberto Fujimori is currently serving a prison term for corruption and human rights abuse
© EPA/Ernesto Arias
Ex-president of Tunisia Zine el-Abidine ousted during the revolution in January 2011, fled to Saudi Arabia as he is sentenced to three lefe terms for crackdown of demonstrations in Tunisia
Ex-president of Tunisia Zine el-Abidine ousted during the revolution in January 2011, fled to Saudi Arabia as he is sentenced to three lefe terms for crackdown of demonstrations in Tunisia
Ex-president of Tunisia Zine el-Abidine ousted during the revolution in January 2011, fled to Saudi Arabia as he is sentenced to three lefe terms for crackdown of demonstrations in Tunisia
© EPA
Ex-president of the Philippines, Maria Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was arrested October 2012 on suspicion of embezzlement from a state fund. Ealier, the politician spent three months under arrest on suspicion of fraud, but was released on bail.
Ex-president of the Philippines, Maria Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was arrested October 2012 on suspicion of embezzlement from a state fund. Ealier, the politician spent three months under arrest on suspicion of fraud, but was released on bail.
Ex-president of the Philippines, Maria Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was arrested October 2012 on suspicion of embezzlement from a state fund. Ealier, the politician spent three months under arrest on suspicion of fraud, but was released on bail.
© EPA/STR
Argentina's ex-president Carlos Menem is a suspect in a case over violations committed during privatization of the biggest exhibition centers in Buenos Aires. Ealier, he was sentenced to 7 years in prison for complicacy to arms smuggling
Argentina's ex-president Carlos Menem is a suspect in a case over violations committed during privatization of the biggest exhibition centers in Buenos Aires. Ealier, he was sentenced to 7 years in prison for complicacy to arms smuggling
Argentina's ex-president Carlos Menem is a suspect in a case over violations committed during privatization of the biggest exhibition centers in Buenos Aires. Ealier, he was sentenced to 7 years in prison for complicacy to arms smuggling
© EPA/Cezaro De Luca
Ecuador's ex-president Jamil Mahuad in May 2014 was sentenced in absentia to 12 years in prison for embezzlement. Mahuad currently resides in the USA, where he teaches at Harvard University
Ecuador's ex-president Jamil Mahuad in May 2014 was sentenced in absentia to 12 years in prison for embezzlement. Mahuad currently resides in the USA, where he teaches at Harvard University
Ecuador's ex-president Jamil Mahuad in May 2014 was sentenced in absentia to 12 years in prison for embezzlement. Mahuad currently resides in the USA, where he teaches at Harvard University
© AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa
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Sarkozy repeatedly denied accusations and demanded a transparent investigation into his case
© EPA/JULIEN WARNAND
In August 2013 former prime minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi was sentenced to four years in prison for financial fraud. Later, however, the prison term was changed to community service due to Berlusconi's age
© EPA/CIRO FUSCO
InMay 2014 CAiro's criminal court sentenced Egypt's ex-president Hosni Mubarak to three years' imprisonment on charges of theft of state funds
© EPA/AHMED ALMASRY/ALMASRY ALYOUM
In October 2011 former prime minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison on the charge of abuse of office when signing gas agreements with Russia. On February 22 2014 she was released from prison and cleared of charges
© EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO
On May 23, 2014 ex-president of Guatemala Alfonso Portillo was sentenced to four years and 10 months in prison for taking a bribe from Taiwan authorities and money laundering. Portillo pleaded guilty
© EPA/SAUL MARTINEZ
Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years of imprisonment and two years' suspended for bribery in May 2014
© EPA/FINBARR O'REILLY / POOL
Peru's ex-president Alberto Fujimori is currently serving a prison term for corruption and human rights abuse
© EPA/Ernesto Arias
Ex-president of Tunisia Zine el-Abidine ousted during the revolution in January 2011, fled to Saudi Arabia as he is sentenced to three lefe terms for crackdown of demonstrations in Tunisia
© EPA
Ex-president of the Philippines, Maria Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, was arrested October 2012 on suspicion of embezzlement from a state fund. Ealier, the politician spent three months under arrest on suspicion of fraud, but was released on bail.
© EPA/STR
Argentina's ex-president Carlos Menem is a suspect in a case over violations committed during privatization of the biggest exhibition centers in Buenos Aires. Ealier, he was sentenced to 7 years in prison for complicacy to arms smuggling
© EPA/Cezaro De Luca
Ecuador's ex-president Jamil Mahuad in May 2014 was sentenced in absentia to 12 years in prison for embezzlement. Mahuad currently resides in the USA, where he teaches at Harvard University
© AP Photo/Dolores Ochoa

July 1 former French president Nicolas Sarkozy was detained when he arrived for questioning at the department of legal police in the city of Nanterre. This was the first case in the contemporary history of France when an ex-head of state was placed under custody.

Sarkozy is a suspect in a case of alleged influence peddling, i.e. influencing an official in aim to make him do certain acts for a consideration.

Sarkozy was later released from custody.

Former world leaders brought under investigation in this photo gallery by ITAR-TASS.

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