Brunei's Battle Royal

As sultan and prince go to court, the economy suffers

Poor little rich Brunei. For the past two years the tiny sultanate, which controls vast oil fields off Borneo's coast, has been wracked by a squabble between Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and his brother Prince Jefri Bolkiah. Jefri left for London after his sprawling Amedeo Group collapsed under $10 billion in debt--blowing a sizable hole in the national budget. Although auditors suspect Jefri and his associates of embezzling billions from the state treasury, there was hope the feud would end when Jefri returned from London in January.

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