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A Who's Who in the Executive Cell Block

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday for accepting bribes to streamline the construction of a luxury apartment complex. When his incarceration begins in September, Olmert will be the latest in the surprisingly long list of world leaders serving hard time for a variety of crimes both real and imagined. Below are the most prominent members of a club none wanted wanted to join.

Moshe Katsav
Former president of Israel
Charges: Convicted of rape and sexual harassment in 2011.
Status: In third year of a seven-year sentence.

Charles Taylor
Former president of Liberia
Charges: Convicted in 2012 of providing aid to rebels in Sierra Leone that facilitated terrorism, rape, murder, and the enlistment of child soldiers.
Status: Currently imprisoned in Britain, where he has 42 years remaining in his 50-year sentence.

Bo Xilai
Former minister of commerce of China
Charges: Convicted in 2013 of corruption, bribery, and abuse of power.
Status: Imprisoned in China with a life sentence.

Mohamed Morsi
Former president of Egypt
Charges: Conspiring to kill protesters and commit terror attacks, insulting the judiciary.
Status: Still on trial, but has been held in prison since being ousted from office in a military coup in July 2013.

Anwar Ibrahim
Former deputy prime minister of Malaysia
Charges: Corruption and sodomy.
Status: Served part of a prison term for his first conviction in 2000, but was released when the charges were overturned in 2004. He faced new sodomy charges in 2008, then was acquitted, but in March 2014 a court overturned the acquittal. He remains free while appealing the charges.

Thaksin Shinawatra
Former prime minister of Thailand
Charges: Convicted in 2008 of corruption.
Status: Facing a two-year prison sentence, Thaksin never returned to Thailand after attending the 2008 Beijing Olympics. His sister and political successor, Yingluck, was also recently indicted for being derelict in her office for a failed rice subsidy program.

Pervez Musharraf
Former president and military chief of staff of Pakistan
Charges: High treason for declaring a state of emergency in 2007 without consulting the prime minister.
Status: Free on his own recognizance while awaiting trial.

Hissène Habré
Former president of Chad
Charges: Crimes against humanity, war crimes, torture.
Status: Arrested in June 2013, on trial in Senegal.

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This Is the Greatest Get-Out-the-Vote Video Ever Made

He interrupts couples having sex and throws people into voting booths. He has a terrible mustache and even worse teeth. He is Voteman, and, for whatever reason, Danish parliamentary officials thought he was the perfect mascot for the country's get-out-the-vote campaign ahead of European parliamentary elections. He's probably the world's first get-out-the-vote mascot to be introduced to his audience while receiving fellatio from a handful of voluptuous women.

In a NSFW video released earlier this week, the people of Denmark received their first introduction to Voteman and his turbulent life story. As a young man, he forgot to vote in European Union parliamentary elections -- robbing him of a chance to weigh in on hot-button issues like agricultural subsidies -- and ever since he has dedicated his life to ensuring that people go to the polls. He typically does so via random acts of violence, including, but not limited to, randomly beheading Danes, throwing couples who are having sex through their bedroom windows, and punching passersby in the mouth.

It's difficult to do justice to the video, which also features Voteman cruising into action while strapped to the blowholes of a pair of dolphins. (Depending on how permissive your workplace is on the subject of animated nudity, it's probably not safe for the office).

Alas, we barely got to know Voteman before his time with us came to an end. On Tuesday, the Danish parliament pulled the video after coming under a halestorm of criticism for a video many viewed as disrespectful of women. "Many whose opinions I deeply respect took the E.U. information cartoon as more serious and offensive than it was meant," Morgen Lykketoft, the speaker of Folketinget, the Danish parliament, said. "I recognize that parliament as an institution shall be more circumspect about what we put our name to."

Just a day earlier Lykketoft had defended the video as a harmless, well-intentioned effort to get out the youth vote: "We are trying to inspire the very young to go out and vote. It is important we get a higher turnout, especially among the young. You have to use all sorts of methods."

Voteman, the world just wasn't ready for you. But we'll never forget you.    

 

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