Mexico Fines Sheraton Hotel Over Ejected Cubans

Mexico City -- The Mexican government has fined a Sheraton Hotel here $112,000 for ejecting 16 Cuban guests last month under pressure from the U.S. government.

The Cubans were meeting with American oil executives at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel when the U.S. Treasury Department informed the hotel that it was apparently violating the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba, which is led by communist President Fidel Castro.

The Treasury Department said that the Mexico hotel falls under U.S. jurisdiction because the Sheraton brand is part of Starwood Hotels, an American company based in White Plains, N.Y.

Mexico's Foreign Relations Department said Friday that the hotel had violated Mexico's commerce laws, which prohibit companies from discriminating against customers based on nationality.

Starwood made no comment on the Mexican government's action.