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IN People ON 12 May, 2015
The nexus of crime and politics is not that unknown to most people today. Many-a-times it is beyond obvious how politics merges with the criminal section of the human population, but all that remains is lawful proof of the same. Anyhow, here are ten instances of such occurrences when politics got mixed up with the world of crime, the result of which weren't that nice after all!
Rumors have been circulating about JFK's affiliation with the mafia for quite some time now. Many allegations have been put up against the former president of the United States, which claim that he won the close fights at the elections only through the help of the mafia's support. And as if to stir the matter further, word is that he had flatly refused to let the investigation about this matter go on, although the FBI had collected some evidence.
It has become a political trend recently in the city of Chicago for politicians running for the chair to seek the support of gangsters to realize their goal. The Black United Voters of Chicago is the combined strength of all gangs in Chicago, which clubbed together so as to gain a leverage over political proceedings. They make deals with politicians, and provide their support in return for demands that they want met.
A scandal involving mob bookmakers, the NYPD and the then mayor resulted in an enormous public outrage which resulted in the resignation of the mayor and the commissioner of the police. In total, 22 NYPD officers were convicted and 240 others had to resign or be dismissed.
Noboru Takeshita had served as Prime Minister of Japan for a mere 18 months before the secret to his largely successful election campaign was disclosed to the public. He was ousted thereafter, but even then continued to menace around in the field of Japanese politics by the power of the ties he had created when he had the chance.
This just might be the most serious case of political corruption in the history of not only Communist China, but the world as a whole. Zhou Yongkang, once one of China's nine most senior politicians, is currently facing charges of "bribery, abuse of power, and leaking state secrets." While many of those associated with Zhou as a part of his power base have either been removed or investigated for corruption and other charges, one of Zhou's associates, Liu Han, has been sentenced to death for "organising and leading mafia-style crime and murder."
Who's the White Wolf? Well, he's Taiwan's most notorious gangster, and his name is Chang An-lo. He had spent 10 years in the US prison system for drug trafficking charges and was also implicated in the murder of Henry Liu, a Chinese-American journalist. Upon his release from prison, Chang was promptly deported to Taiwan, following which he dug his way to seep into the politics of the country.
The Sicilian Mafia has long been believed to have a stronghold over Italian politics. While there are many who dispute the level of influence-or the fact that the Mafia even exists-an ongoing trial in Italy alleges negotiations between high-ranking Italian politicians and Mafia bosses dating back to the early 1990s. Among the accused is Marcello Dell'Utri, a former senator and political adviser to former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Also accused is Nicola Mancino, the former interior minister.
As a politician with connections to Cuba, a major supplier of sugar to the US at the time, Joe Esposito was uniquely positioned to take advantage of the public's desire for then-illegal booze. Utilizing a 3,800-liter still, which was located at his restaurant, Esposito was at the center of Chicago's lucrative bootlegging operations. And that's not all. He has also provided protection to the Genna brothers, who held a government licence allowing them to produce industrial alcohol, which also allowed them to illegally produce whisky. Things were going well and crime did seem to pay, but not for long, for Esposito was killed by men of another gang which had begun to despise them for their business.
Christopher Coke is serving a 23 years jail time now for his role as leader of the "Shower Posse" or "Presidential Click". This man, a popular figure in Jamaica, is also said to have ties with the former Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding.
An Italian crime syndicate known as the Camorra has been able to continue its longstanding reign through the assistance and collusion of local government officials, a fact that has become clear in the criminal proceedings against Antonio Iovine. He was held on charges of murder and extortion, during which he became a government informer, and helped detail the widespread corruption and collusion between his organization and politicians from all political parties within the Italian system.