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Brunei denies plans to purchase New York hotels

The sultan of Brunei denied on Tuesday (Aug 19) media reports that he was mulling the purchase of three landmark hotels including New York's Plaza. 

LONDON: The sultan of Brunei denied on Tuesday (Aug 19) media reports that he was mulling the purchase of three landmark hotels including New York's Plaza. The reports had sparked a protest by the US gay lobby group, Human Rights Campaign, as Brunei plans to implement tough punishments for same-sex acts.

"Neither His Majesty, the Brunei Investment Agency nor the government of Brunei are involved in any way in the purchase of the Grosvenor House in London or the Plaza and Dream Downtown hotels in New York," said a spokesman for the sultan on Tuesday.

The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter, had reported on Monday that the sultan had offered about US$2.0 billion (S$2.5 billion) to buy the three plush hotels.

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