Brunei. Three Bruneian citizens arrested at the end of
2000 were held captive without trial for nine months accused
of trying to get Muslims to convert to Christianity.
From the summer and one year onwards, Brunei was chair of
the ASEAN cooperation organization.
Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah's younger brother Prince Jefri's
exclusive property was sold in August at auction. This is to
be able to pay a small part of the multibillion-dollar debt
that the country's largest corporate group Amadeo incurred
when the prince was head of the business. The company
collapsed during the economic crisis 1997-98 after, among
other things, have invested in magnificent luxury projects.
Large sums should also have gone to the Prince's playboy
life. He was put on trial in 2000, but a settlement was
later reached which meant that Jefri would repay money taken
from the country's investment company. According to
Countryaah, Jefri was a resident
of Paris and London in 2001. Among the 10,000 items
auctioned, there were thousands of tons of Italian marble,
gold toilet paper holders and two unused fire trucks.