Not all influence is good influence, and the long arm of the law is out to get these notorious bad boys.
Issa Hayatou - Spoilsport (Cameroon)
President of the Confederation of African Football, Hayatou was disciplined by the Olympic Committee following a BBC exposé on kickbacks, and is alleged to have shared a $1.5m bribe to vote for Qatar's World Cup bid.
Abdelhamid Abou Zeid - Desert rat (Algeria)
'Career jihadist' Abou Zeid is one of the leaders of Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb - AQIM. He is well connected with the gun and drug smugglers of the Sahel and a prolific hostage-taker.
Uhuru Kenyatta - Storm brewer (Kenya) A former deputy prime minister, Kenyatta stands accused by the International Criminal Court of crimes against humanity following Kenya's post-electoral violence in 2008.
Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue - Big spender (Equatorial Guinea) After French police seized 11 of his supercars in Paris, in July a French judge issued an arrest warrant for the president's son. The US Department of Justice also has a lawsuit pending.
Bosco Ntaganda - Rebel without a deal (Democratic Republic of Congo) The International Criminal Court wants to try the rogue general for recruiting child soldiers. Ntaganda's agreement to integrate his troops into the DRC army has crumbled and created renewed instability in the east.
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