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Corrupt Sultan of Brunei introduces tough Islamic penal code

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By John Donovan

The head of the corrupt, seedy Brunei Royal Family, the Sultan of Brunei, who once accepted a $500,000 wedding gift from Royal Dutch Shell, has gone ahead with his plans to introduce a penal code that will include amputations.

Extracts from a BBC News article dated 30 April 2014

Brunei will introduce a tough Islamic penal code from Thursday, its leader has announced. Sharia punishments that will include the severing of limbs for theft and death by stoning for adulterers will be brought in over three years. In April, the UN voiced “deep concern” about the planned change. The tiny state, on the island of Borneo, is ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and has grown rich on oil and gas exports. When he announced it last year the Sultan, 67, one of the world’s wealthiest men, called the code “a part of the great history of our nation”. The move sparked a rare strong response on social media. In February the Sultan warned internet users to stop attacking his plans.

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This Vanity Fair article about Prince Jefri, the brother of the Sultan of Brunei, tells you all you need to know about the “Royal Family” and the hypocrisy of introducing punishments that effect ordinary people, but not them.  

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…Jefri was not a financial simpleton at all but “an unabashed and unreformed serial liar,” charged with stealing $14.8 billion from Brunei when he served as its finance minister, from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s. The defendants claimed that he had used his stolen billions to finance a 10-year orgy of extravagance and deceit, which culminated only when his brother the Sultan of Brunei set out to recover the fortune Jefri had supposedly hidden.

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For more than a decade, the vastly rich Sultan of Brunei and his youngest brother Prince Jefri have entertained the world with a hugely acrimonious – and colourful – feud in which the Sultan accused the Prince of misappropriating more than £9 million of state funds. The Prince, I am told, was planning to reveal embarrassing information about his brother. Sources close to Prince Jefri suggest this is the motivation behind the rapprochement between the siblings.

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The Sultan’s brother, Prince Jefri, with others, was alleged to have misappropriated up to £23bn of state funds while he was finance minister. The Sultan of Brunei and his playboy brother, whom he accused of vast corruption, have ended their three-month lawsuit with an out-of-court settlement. By lifting the cloak of secrecy over the way the sultan’s family spends Brunei’s massive oil wealth, the lawsuit threatened to shake the tiny state to its foundations. It was expected to raise questions in the minds of the 300,000 citizens of Brunei about the sultan’s hitherto unchallenged right to rule their country like a feudal king.RELATED: Shell, the Brunei Royal Family and Sharia Law

1 Comment on “Corrupt Sultan of Brunei introduces tough Islamic penal code”

  1. #1 MaryM
    on May 2nd, 2014 at 00:16

    It amuses me (not in a good way) that someone who is so adamant in implementing Sharia is neglecting the basic tenets of Islam and the Qur’an which prohibit exhibitions of extravagance be it in dress, jewellery, etc. I guess he’s a “Do as I say, not as I do” kind of ‘leader’.

    Extravagance – which is to exceed the limits of what is required or what is customary – is something prohibited. Those who do so will be counted among the spendthrifts, about whom Allah says: “Verily the spendthrifts are the brothers of the devils.” [Sûrah al-Isrâ’: 27]

    I give as an example…the incredible event that was his 5th child’s (daughter’s) wedding…some say in excess of $20MILLION was spent on the lavish affair which saw men and women mingling and men wearing silk clothing and golden jewelery.

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