High political office doesn’t always bring rewards, as Ali Bhutto discovered. Pakistan’s president and prime minister, he was accused in 1977 of corruption and of rigging an election. The army seized power, arrested Bhutto for ordering the arrest of a political opponent, and sentenced him to death.

For the next 11 months he was kept in appalling conditions in the death cell at Rawalpindi Prison. There was no toilet and the cell was covered in human faeces. He was hanged at dawn on Wednesday, April 4th, 1979, aged 51, after being allowed to have a bath.

A decade later his daughter Benazir became prime minister but she too was forced out by the military.