A new book released in Egypt reviews the crimes, trials – and sometimes punishments – of 35 world leaders, including Israel's disgraced president Moshe Katsav and comatose Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
The book, penned by Dr. Abd El Fattah Mourad, is called "Explanation of Crimes of the Presidents and Their Trials." Mourad serves as chief justice of the Alexandria Appellate Court and is a prominent figure in the Arab legal arena. .
Alongside Arab leaders like former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, exiled Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and former Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi, readers can find Israel's eighth president, who was convicted of rape, and the ailing Sharon, who was never convicted of a crime, but according to the book was perceived as a war criminal by some Arab countries over the Sabra and Shatila massacre.
The book details various crimes by world leaders, including treason, constitutional offenses, disregarding state laws, crimes against humanity, war crimes and a wide array of mundane criminal offenses.
A review of the offenders from a geographic viewpoint reveals that Africa is home to the majority of the book's "stars" with 12 leaders. Asia ranked second with 10 leaders, including Katsav, Sharon, Saddam Hussein and the last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi.
Europe follows in third place with six leaders, including former presidents Nicolae Ceausescu (Romania), Jacques Chirac (France), George Papadopoulos (Greece), Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic, and Italian presidents Silvio Berlusconi and Benito Mussolini.
The book also featured four United States presidents, including Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
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