Deposed Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo, and wife Simone, sitting in a hotel room in Abidjan after their arrest.
According to the Daily Mail (gore warning on source page):
Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo has today been charged with murder, rape, persecution and inhuman acts by the International Criminal Court.
The crimes were allegedly committed as his backers fought to keep him in power last year.
If found guilty, Mr. Gbagbo could be sentenced to remain with his wife for another twenty years. I would be downcast too.
Here we see Gbagbo in happier days, wearing his customary bling:
I’ve often wondered where African strong men get their bling. Do they sell it at Walmart over there? Do they order it from a special online catalog for dictators and tyrants? Perhaps the father of African bling was the infamous Idi Amin
Some of those look like they could have been police badges at one point. Others could have come from cereal boxes or perhaps they were trinkets given away by airlines. What do they symbolize? It’s possible that each one represents an enemy that Amin had eaten. It’s also possible that their primary purpose was to deflect the bullets of would-be assassins.
Former Central African dictator Jean Bedel Bokassa was known for running his poverty-stricken nation into the ground through his excesses and corruption. Here he is in all his glory:
Is there an inverse relationship between the amount of shiny ornaments on an African dictator’s clothing and his morality? This would be an interesting field of study for African dictatoroligists.