May 19, 2011 11:08
Time magazine has included North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's kidnapping of women as concubines among the 10 most egregious abuses of power in the world.
"Of all the ways that North Korea's Kim Jong-il has done his country wrong, one of the most troublesome is that he has used his power to coerce women into being his personal concubines," the magazine said in its latest edition.
The list was prompted by the arrest of International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn for attempted rape.
Time said Kim dispatched "military commandos south to kidnap women, including some movie stars," apparently referring to South Korean actress Choi Eun-hee and her husband and film director Shin Sang-ok, who were kidnapped in 1978.
Kim "is believed to have fathered nine children with mistresses, not including the five offspring who he has supposedly acknowledged as being the result of multiple marriages," the magazine said.
At the top of the list is U.S. president Richard Nixon's involvement in the Watergate scandal. He resigned after agents attempted to wiretap the office of the Democratic National Committee headquarters.
Other entries are Israeli president Moshe Katsav's rape of a female employee and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's so-called "bunga bunga" sex parties.
The list also included Roger Vangheluwe who stepped down as Bishop of Bruges in Belgium last year after admitting he had sexually abused his nephew decades ago, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, who has kept his family in luxury throughout his 42-year rule, and U.S. interior secretary Albert Fall, who leased the Navy's oil reserve fields to private oil companies without competitive bidding in return for a large bribe.
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