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Shell continues to fawn over corrupt Brunei despot

The Sultan of Brunei shocked the world by introducing harsh sharia penal code. Under the code limbs can be severed for theft and people stoned to death

By John Donovan

Shell’s grovelling treatment towards the evil Sultan of Brunei continues with the announcement: “Brunei Shell Petroleum creates special book to commemorate His Majesty’s Golden Jubilee” 

Below in italics is a three paragraph extract from the fawning Shell propaganda fed to the Borneo Bulletin. Note the many roles of his royal greatness. He must be a busy bee. A veritable one man government. Guess it avoids sharing out the bribes. 

Extract

“The People’s Sultan: Leading A Legacy was a labour of love, and all the work was done in Brunei Darussalam, showcasing the true capability of Bruneian talent at its very best,” said Dr Ceri M Powell, Managing Director of BSP. read more

Shell CEO Ben van Beurden audience with corrupt despot, the Sultan of Brunei

By John Donovan

Royal Dutch Shell Chief Executive Ben van Beurden had “an audience” on Tuesday with the head of the corrupt, seedy Brunei Royal Family, the Sultan of Brunei, who once accepted a $500,000 wedding gift (bribe) from Royal Dutch Shell.

In April he went ahead, despite international opposition, with his plans to introduce a tough Islamic penal code that under Sharia law will include amputations.

Shell has always been willing to deal with dictators including Adolf Hitler, Muammar Gaddafi and General Sani Abacha. Profits first, ethics last. Shell remains willing to deal with the devil. read more

International outcry as Brunei introduces sharia law and takes country back to the dark ages

Screen Shot 2014-05-02 at 00.27.28Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch multinational, runs two major operations in Brunei as a joint venture with the Brunei government. A spokesman, Jonathan French, said the company would not comment on the possible impact on its employees.

Extracts from an article by Andrew Buncombe published 30 April 2014 by The Independent

The Sultan of Brunei, an absolute monarch who pays for a garrison of British troops to be stationed is his oil rich nation, will on Thursday dismiss the concerns of human rights campaigners and start imposing sharia law. Many of the laws, which include the dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death, will apply to both Muslims and non-Muslims.

Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch multinational, runs two major operations in Brunei as a joint venture with the Brunei government. A spokesman, Jonathan French, said the company would not comment on the possible impact on its employees. read more

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. read more

Shell, the Brunei Royal Family and Sharia Law

His Majesty the Sultan of Brunei meeting Malcolm (TFA) Brinded, Shell’s then Executive Director, Upstream International

By John Donovan

There may be some relief by Muslim employees of Shell Brunei at the news that “Brunei has postponed the introduction of tough Islamic criminal punishments that were due to begin on Tuesday.”

Fortunately for Shell, the Sharia code appears vague on the subject of corruption.

Shell enjoys a so called symbiotic relationship with the scandal-tainted Brunei Royal family. read more

Concern as Brunei brings in Islamic law with punishments including dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death

Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 13.14.58Extracts from an article by Andrew Buncombe published 29 March 2014 by The Independent under the headline: Concern as Brunei brings in system of Islamic law with punishments that include the dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death

The Sultan of Brunei, one of the world’s wealthiest rulers and a close ally of Britain, will this week oversee his country’s transition to a system of Islamic law with punishments that include flogging, the dismemberment of limbs and stoning to death. The speech by the Sultan – who for many years was involved in a high-profile legal battle with his brother, a playboy accused of misappropriating £9bn of government assets and who reportedly owned a yacht called Tits – has had the impact of silencing many who might publicly speak out against the move. Royal Dutch Shell, an Anglo-Dutch multinational, also runs a major operation there as a joint venture with the Brunei government. read more

Asia’s Elite Jet in for Brunei Royal Wedding substantially funded by Shell

FROM OUR SEPT 2004 SHELL NEWS ARCHIVE

The New York Times: Asia’s Elite Jet in for ‘Subdued’ Brunei Wedding

“new mood of thrift in a palace once tainted by financial scandal.”: “Now, corporate sponsors are funding a big part of the total cost of celebrations, estimated at around $5 million.”: Oil and gas firms Brunei Shell and Brunei LNG and local car distributor Goh Hock Kee are among sponsors for the wedding…

By REUTERS

September 8, 2004

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (Reuters) – A glittering guest list of Asian leaders and Middle East royalty began jetting into the oil-rich sultanate of Brunei on Wednesday for a royal wedding being billed as low-key by local standards.

The leaders of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines will mix with Saudi and Bahrain royalty at Thursday’s celebrations, the climax of weeks of traditional nuptials between the heir to the Brunei throne and his teenaged bride. read more

Brunei Inks Production, Investment Pact With Royal Dutch Shell

The fruits of a $500,000 Brunei dollar wedding gift (bribe) given by Shell to the corrupt Brunei Royal Family…?

Wednesday, 25 January 2012 06:44
Borneo Bulletin

The Hague, Netherlands – The Government of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and Royal Dutch Shell Ltd (RDS) as the shareholders of Brunei Shell Petroleum Co Sdn Bhd (BSP) signed the production and investment agreement on Jan 23, 2012 at RDS headquarters in The Hague, Netherlands.

Signing on behalf of the Brunei Government was the Minister of Energy at the Prime Minister’s Office, Pehin Datu Singamanteri Col (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awg Hj Mohammad Yasmin bin Hj Umar, and for Royal Dutch Shell, Dato Seri Laila Jasa Peter Voser, Chief Executive Officer and Ken Mamoch, BSP Managing Director. The agreement set out between the Brunei Government and Shell focuses on the mechanisms to support, sustain and increase the production of oil and gas by BSP. read more

Prince Jefri Bolkiah, brother of Sultan of Brunei, wants X-rated sex trophies out of court case

BY WILLIAM SHERMAN , JOSE MARTINEZ DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

Thursday, November 4, 2010

New York Daily News

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They’re the X-rated statues an exiled playboy prince doesn’t want the world to see.

Lawyers for Prince Jefri Bolkiah, the kid brother of the Sultan of Brunei, don’t want jurors to hear anything about his four sex trophies in a blockbuster real estate trial opening next week in Manhattan Supreme Court.

“I’ll tell you what: They make me blush,” said Mark Cymrot, a lawyer for Faith Zaman, the British barrister battling the prince in court. “They’re very explicit.” read more

Alleged fraud involving 10 senior officials of Shell Brunei

By John Donovan

Some strange events at Shell Brunei Petroleum (SBP).

Around four weeks ago we published an email from a senior official of the Brunei government writing from The Chairman’s Office of Shell Brunei Petroleum, explaining the mysterious absence of  the companies Managing Director, Dr Grahaeme Henderson. It said he was absent for medical treatment.

We understand from our sources that in November the head of SBP HSE left the country in a hurry and did not return.

Now we learn that a number of fraud investigations are going on, allegedly involving Nigerian expats. read more

Sultan of Brunei’s ex-wife and the £2m con

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By Richard Edwards

12:01AM BST 12 Jul 2007

She was a former air hostess who married the world’s richest man.

But when the Sultan of Brunei divorced Mariam Aziz after two decades together – replacing her with a glamorous television reporter 32 years his junior – she was left wondering where life would take her.

Unfortunately, she looked for the answers from a fortune teller she met in a London casino.

Three-and-a-half years later, after the most “bizarre” series of court cases, Mrs Aziz and five of the country’s most senior judges are still scratching their heads at what happened next. read more

The £8 billion family feud

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By Andrew Alderson12:01AM BST 14 May 2006

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Once their long working day is over, the rival teams of British lawyers play golf, tennis and badminton in the palatial surroundings of their five-star hotel.

After exercising, they can swim in one of the Empire Hotel and Country Club’s eight luxurious pools.

Each morning, at around 8.15am, the 10 barristers and solicitors, together with three appeal court judges, have been taken by a fleet of chauffeur-driven black BMWs and Mercedes from their hotel, nestling beside the South China Sea, to Brunei’s High Court of Justice 15 minutes away. read more

Sultan of Brunei marries his second, second wife

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By Sebastien Berger, South-East Asia Correspondent 12:08AM BST 22 Aug 2005

The Sultan of Brunei, once the world’s richest man, has taken a former newsreader 32 years his junior as his second wife, reports said yesterday.

Family members and close friends were the only people to attend the wedding of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 58, and his 26-year-old bride, Azrinaz Mazhar Hakim, in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, the New Straits Times said.

Azrinaz was educated in Malaysia and worked as a television reporter and newsreader until leaving her station three months ago, saying she wanted to “venture into other undertakings”. read more

TellShell: Should Shell sue The Independent newspaper for libel?

TellShell: Should Shell sue The Independent newspaper for libel?

By Alfred Donovan

Posted 12 Sept 04

I have no wish to monopolise the TellShell forum, but I really must comment on the news report by The Independent newspaper (11 Sept 04) that Shell gave $500,000 towards the cost of the lavish Royal wedding in Brunei. The report states: “The Asian wing of Royal Dutch Shell allegedly bunged in 500,000 Brunei dollars (about pounds 160,000).” The $500,000 gift has also been reported in other newspapers.

“Bunged” of course implies backhander, sweetener, kickback or bribe. If the news report is erroneous and Shell has not in fact “bunged in $500,000” towards the costs of the Royal marriage, will Shell be suing The Independent for libel? read more

Royal wedding in Brunei: Shell allegedly bunged in 500,000 Brunei dollars

The Independent: btw: “The royal wedding in Brunei was quite a spectacle”: “The Asian wing of Royal Dutch Shell allegedly bunged in 500,000 Brunei dollars (about pounds 160,000)”

JOHN WALSH

Sep 11, 2004

The royal wedding in Brunei was quite a spectacle (the one-ton chandeliers each the size of the mother ship in Close Encounters of the Third Kind; the happy couple’s matching his’n’hers blue brocade outfits; the bride’s bouquet of diamonds and gold; the elderly, black-clad crones of honour), but what is really interesting is the rumour that the event was sponsored. Not by Hello! magazine (puh-lease – we are not Anthea Turner), but by local businesses. read more

The $5m Brunei royal wedding

The Independent: The $5m royal wedding

“…sponsored by local companies, including the oil and gas firms Brunei Shell…”: “the royal family itself was hit by a major financial scandal surrounding the Sultan’s brother, Prince Jefri…”

Three weeks of celebrations, a guest list that included princes and world leaders, and a 21-gun salute. Jonathan Este reports on the marriage of the Crown Prince of Brunei

10 September 2004

The future king of Brunei married his teenage bride yesterday following two weeks of pre-nuptial celebrations. The lavish ceremonials are scheduled to last for a further three days and reportedly cost the royal family $5m (£2.8m), but this is considered remarkably restrained by the opulent standards of celebrations in the oil-rich Sultanate. read more