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Ruler over life and death

As a Sultan actually has everything he needs. Hassanal Bolkiah lives in a Palace with 1788 rooms, its fleet includes supposedly 5000 luxury cars. The small King

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Ruler over life and death

As a Sultan actually has everything he needs. Hassanal Bolkiah lives in a Palace with 1788 rooms, its fleet includes supposedly 5000 luxury cars. The small Kingdom of the Sultan of Brunei is located on the North West coast of the island of Borneo, it deserves to be, with its Oil and gas reserves from year to year billion. The Sultan, has with three women, twelve children, is considered to be one of the richest men in the world; his fortune is estimated to be approximately twenty billion dollars. He is one of the last absolute monarchs of this world, modernist; of men like him, only the collections of Fairy tales tell otherwise.

Now, however, the Sultan is mainly preoccupied with the human rights activists. His critics are alarmed and shocked, they ask themselves: What in all the world, this Monarch is in need of an archaic criminal law? Which is why he draws the relapse into barbarism? Step-by-step Bolkiah was the Sharia velvet draconian corporal punishment implement. Homosexuals to death by stoning, now, thieves, the Amputation of arms or legs. The Monarch was not always known to distinguish themselves as the Islamic virtue guardian. Earlier, he was even as a Playboy.

at the beginning of this year, it is not so, as the Sharia law critics would impress the Sultan much. He increased the indignation abroad, even with its requirement, you may please raise understanding and tolerance for his steps. Western criticism had Bolkiah earlier mostly cold. "So what, he wipes off like fly shit from the English," said a few years ago, a European Diplomat who had worked long with the Sultan.

guardian of Islam

Now, however, Bolkiah strikes a surprisingly milder tones. At the beginning of the fasting month of Ramadan, he made a speech in which he spoke of "misunderstandings". He assured that possible death penalties would not be enforced for homosexual. The sound after a first attempt at international damage control. Bolkiah apparently wants to avoid that he gets even more pressure.

Well possible, that the protests did not go unnoticed at the monarch pass. He has underestimated the critique of the States of the world, possibly, and also the protests of celebrities such as George Clooney and Elton John. You call for a Boycott of luxury hotels, which belong to the economic Empire of the Sultan, including the Beverly Hills in Los Angeles, the Plaza Athénée in Paris and the Dorchester in London.

However, the Sharia law is not abolished-with the recent speech by the Sultan. He had prepared over the years and have introduced and are not likely to have the intention that it should be abolished. To want home Bolkiah is considered as the Supreme guardians of Islam.

Bolkiah knows that, for him, significant resistance could only come from the circle of political Islam. The Oil reserves will soon wane, the Golden times might be in Brunei soon over. For preparing Bolkiah, apparently, by wearing the Sharia itself as a sign of his piety, to the ultra-conservative.

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Created: 06.05.2019, 20:05 Uhr

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