VISITING THE SULTAN'S ISLE FOR A SONG
By Michael Dobbs
Thursday, August 3, 1995 ; Page A27
BANDAR SERI BAGWAN, BRUNEI, AUG. 2 -- The last time this tiny state of 276,000 people was in the news was back in 1986, when Assistant Secretary of State Elliot Abrams shook the Sultan of Brunei down for a $10 million contribution for his favorite charity: buying arms for the Nicaraguan contras. Unfortunately, through a clerical error on the part of Oliver North's secretary, Fawn Hall, the sultan's money ended up in the wrong secret Swiss bank account.