Scandals: Taken for a Royal Ride

In the wake of the B.C.C.I. debacle, a trustful sheik and more than a million depositors are left holding the bag

How could an impeccably honest Bedouin sheik get stuck in a mess like this? Despite his solid-gold reputation, Sheik Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahayan, ruler of Abu Dhabi and President of the United Arab Emirates, found himself last week at the center of the largest global banking scandal ever. As the most recent owner of the notoriously corrupt Bank of Credit & Commerce International, which regulators closed earlier this month, Zayed has become the unwitting goat for nearly two decades of alleged fraud by the bank's Pakistan-based managers and for years of neglect by banking authorities around the world. After investing $1...

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