The threat of jailing a political opponent is synonymous with authoritarian leadership. So far with the controversial appointments of alleged white nationalists, bigots, advocates of internationally illegal forms of interrogation, etc. what we have come to realise with president-elect Donald Trump is that what you see (and hear) is what you get. Can we anticipate Mr Trump keeping his promise that he made during the second presidential debate about appointing a special prosecutor to consider criminal charges against Hillary Rodham Clinton?
Buzzfeed compiled a list of world political leaders whom have appointed a prosecution team to charge opponents and convict, jail them.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, whom has been in office since 1987 started off on a good foot as a leader in opposition of the white minority rule. Considered a hero during a turbulent time with the Rhodesian Bush War, Mr Mugabe was jailed for 10 years and arose as the first head of state of Zimbabwe and became prime minister in 1980. Fast forward to 2007, after years of economic crisis and hyperinflation which saw the Zimbabwean Dollar reduce from a similar value to the US Dollar in 1980, to exchange rate of $7.1 million Zimbabwean dollar to $1 US dollar in 2007.
Leader to the opposition Morgan Tsvangirai of Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) was jailed but reportedly not arrested, beaten and allegedly tortured before presidential elections in 2008. Mr Tsvangirai won the popular vote in a first round at polls but withdrew from a second round due to violence at the voting polls causing 200 deaths of civilians.
In 2008 Robert Mugabe (Zanu-PF), Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC) and Arthur Mutambara (MDC) signed a memorandum of understanding on a power sharing agreement, with the assistance of South African President Thabo Mbeki.
Morgan Tsvangirai & Robert Mugabe
Arthur Mutambara, Robert Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai and Thabo Mbeki
Aung San Suu Kyi’s party the National League for Democracy (NLD) won in a general election in 1990 haven taken 80% of seats in parliament, which could have manifest her as Prime Minister of Myanmar. However a military junta nullified the election result and put her under house arrest. She was separated from her husband and two children and remained under house arrest till 2010, 20 years. Aung San Suu Kyi is now the first State Counsellor of Myanmar (April 2016).
Aung San Suu Kyi
Former prime minister of Ukraine Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych apparently jailed for embezzlement and abuse of power political opponent and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Ms Tymoshenko was fined $188 million. She was sentenced to 7 years and served 3. The European Union considered the conviction politically bias and organisations Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International strongly condemned her incarceration. In 2014 the charges for which she was prosecuted in Ukraine were decriminalised.
Viktor Yanukovych and Yulia Tymoshenko
Russian President Vladimir Putin jailed political opponents Mikhail Khordokovsky, Alexei Navalny, Sergei Udaltsov while other opponents Boris Nemtsov, Alexander Litvinenko, journalist Anna Politkovskaya whom were fierce critics of Mr Putin’s policies, ended up dead.