WASHINGTON — The Sultan of Brunei said he provided $10 million to be used for humanitarian purposes in Central America but not for use by the contras in Nicaragua, columnist Jack Anderson reported Friday.
The sultan, ruler of the tiny oil-rich nation on the northeastern coast of Borneo, also said that Secretary of State George P. Shultz personally requested the $10-million donation, Anderson said.
Shultz, who visited Brunei in 1986, denied that he personally sought the money in testimony to a congressional committee Dec. 8, but said Assistant Secretary of State Elliott Abrams, with "my authority explicitly," did persuade a "third country" to make such a donation. Other officials said the country was Brunei.
Sultan's Role Explained
In a "carefully worded statement" explaining the sultan's role in the Iran-contra scandal, Brunei officials told Anderson's associate, Dale Van Atta: