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Seven deadly sinners
SADDAM HUSSEIN: Iraq's notorious president from 1979 until 2003, and top Baath Party leader, Saddam played a key role in the 1968 coup that brought the party to longterm power. Apart from the decade-long war with Iran, he also invaded Kuwait in 1990, causing the first Gulf war. He is also blamed for the 1988 massacre in the Kurdish town of Halabja and charged with using chemical weapons that killed 3, 000-5, 000 people and injured another 10,000
ROBERT MUGABE: President of Zimbabwe for more than two decades, his regime remains marked by violence, political suppression and rigged elections. Described as a war criminal by critics, Mugabe, known for the violent land seizures from Zimbabwe's elite white population, caused the economy which relied on agricultural exports as a main source of revenue to collapse. Unable to control it, annual inflation in his country soared to 100, 000 per cent
IDI AMIN: Dictator of Uganda from 1971 to 1979, Idi Amin's rule saw unprecedented human rights abuse, political repression, ethnic persecution and extrajudicial killings. It is estimated that his rule resulted in 100, 000 to 500, 000 deaths. Amin declared himself 'His Excellency, President for life, Field Marshal, Al Hadji doctor Idi Amin, lord of all the beasts of the earth and fishes of the sea, and conqueror of the British empire in general and Uganda in particular'
POL POT: One of modern history's most hated figures, the leader of the Cambodian Communist movement known as the Khmer Rouge was prime minister of his country from 1976-79. His leadership, in which he attempted to "cleanse" the country, resulted in the deaths of about 1. 7-2. 5 million people. In 1976, he unveiled his Four Year Plan, which detailed financing of the economy through increased agricultural exports, a policy that led to many thousands perishing in their paddy fields
FRANÇOIS 'PAPA DOC' DUVALIER: The president of Haiti from 1957 until his death in 1971, Duvalier's rule was marked by personality cult and voodoo. More than 30, 000 Haitians were murdered. Succeeded by his son, Jean-Claude 'Baby Doc', nothing changed for the beleaguered country as he went about killing thousands and forcing many others to flee. Baby Doc returned to Haiti on January 16 this year from exile after the popular uprising of 1986 and was mmediately arrested the day after
KIM JONG IL: Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), the 'Supreme Leader's' policy of juche (self-reliance ) has cut the country off from almost all external trade. South Korea accused the notoriously reclusive Kim of ordering the 1983 bombing in then Rangoon (Myanmar), which killed 17 visiting South Korean officials, including four cabinet members, and another in 1987 which killed all 115 on board Korean Air Flight 858
OMAR AL-BASHIR: President of Sudan, Bashir, in October 2004, negotiated an end to the Second Sudanese Civil War, one of the longest-running and deadliest wars of the 20th century, by granting limited autonomy to Southern Sudan. In 2008, the International Criminal Court accused him of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes in Darfur, and even issued an arrest warrant for him, but ruled that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him for genocide
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