December 2, 2007 |
He's been called the "Playboy Prince," famous for luxuries big and small -- planes, yachts, cars, even gold-plated toilet-roll holders. Brunei's disgraced Prince Jefri Bolkiah may have to adopt a more modest lifestyle now. A British court ordered him to surrender ownership of prestigious U.S. hotels and European homes to the Brunei government's investment arm as payback for allegedly helping himself to billions of dollars from state coffers.
July 16, 2006 |
Brunei's ruler feted Southeast Asian leaders on his 60th birthday at a lavish dinner for 10,000 people and gave a rare pay raise to government workers on the back of high oil revenue. Sultan Sir Hassanal Bolkiah, one of the world's richest men, served veal and chicken liver to officials and ministers from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand at his 1,788-room Istana Nurul Iman, the world's biggest palace.
May 23, 2006 |
Brunei said an appeals court upheld an order requiring exiled Prince Jefri Bolkiah to hand over mansions and hotels. The tiny, oil-rich sultanate has been demanding the return of billions of dollars that the prince is accused of squandering as head of the Brunei Investment Agency. Jefri, younger brother of the sultan, was required to transfer to the agency assets that included prime property such as the New York Palace Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air, the agency said.
September 30, 2004 |
Brunei's absolute ruler signed a constitutional amendment that could lead to the tiny oil-rich sultanate's first elections in nearly four decades. The move came after Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah convened a 21-member appointed legislature for the first time in 20 years. The amendment would allow for a partly elected parliament, but no other details were given.
November 7, 2001 |
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said he was unaware of a videotape purportedly made in Malaysia showing one of the Sept. 11 hijacking suspects meeting an Osama bin Laden operative. The videotape, reportedly made in January 2000, is said to show a meeting between a suspect in the attack on the U.S. warship Cole last year in Yemen and Khalid Almihdhar, one of the suspected hijackers who flew a plane into the Pentagon.
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August 25, 2001 |
Leather footwear and a walking stick believed to have been used by the prophet Muhammad drew thousands to an International Islamic Expo in this tiny sultanate. The showcase for artifacts and modern goods from Muslim nations was a rarity for Brunei, whose closest neighbors are southeast Asia's other predominantly Muslim lands, Malaysia and Indonesia. Items linked to Muhammad and his family were lent by a Pakistan mosque and private collections.