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Hollywood calls for boycott of Sultan of Brunei's hotel

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - 01:51

May.6 - Protesters in the US call for a boycott of the famous Beverly Hills Hotel after its owner, the Sultan of Brunei, begins the implementation of Sharia law. Sarah Toms reports.

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Hollywood's glitterati turns against the owner of the famed Beverly Hills Hotel. US TV celebrity Jay Leno and his wife, joined women's and gay rights groups in calling for a boycott of the iconic hotel. These protests come after the hotel's owner, the Sultan of Brunei ushered in Shariah law last week. The strict Islamic law has a penal code, which includes punishments such as the severing of limbs for theft and death by stoning for adulterery, sodomy and rape. Most of the laws will also apply to non-Muslims and be rolled out over three years. (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER TONIGHT SHOW HOST JAY LENO SAYING: "But I'd like to think that all people are basically good and when they realize this is going on, hopefully they'll do something about it. I mean this is not, there's nothing extreme happening here, these aren't crazy feminist whackos, they're women who just try to protect other women and gay people protecting other gay people. I mean, I don't know, Berlin, 1933, I mean hello, does it seem that far off from what happened during the Holocaust?" The Beverly Hills Hotel and the Hotel Bel-Air are part of the Dorchester Collection of properties owned by the Brunei Investment Agency, an arm of the Brunei government. . (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHRISTOPHER COWDRAY, CEO OF DORCHESTER COLLECTION, THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY FOR THE BEVERLY HILLS HOTEL, SAYING: "There are other hotel companies in this city that are owned by Saudi Arabia, there's, you know, if you take the investment that comes into Harvard University, you know your shirt probably comes from a country which has human rights issues. So to single out the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Dorchester Collection, and in particular our employees, I feel is very unjust." The tiny state, on the island of Borneo, is ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and has grown rich on oil and gas exports.

Hollywood calls for boycott of Sultan of Brunei's hotel

Tuesday, May 06, 2014 - 01:51

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