Following earlier media reports that an Egyptian businessman paid the killer $1 million to commit the murder in her apartment in Dubai on July 28, an Arabic news website said the suspect, a 39-year-old Arab national believed to be Egyptian, and currently under arrest, had been found dead in detention.
According to the Arabic language Elaph website, there were conflicting rumours regarding the exact fate of the suspect. One source suggested he had committed suicide while others said that he had suffered a heart attack (YEAH TWO BULLET HOLES), and had been transferred to hospital and is still under arrest and facing further questioning by the police. The sources also suggested that the suspect had confessed to killing Tamim and was linked to a prominent Egyptian businessman whom Tamim knew during her stay in Cairo during 2007. Elaph added that Egyptian businessman Hesham Talaat Mustafa appeared twice on Egyptian TV channels Sunday without saying a word on the Tamim case.
Cairo police say murder suspect is alive By Maysam Ali, Staff ReporterPublished: August 13, 2008, Dubai: The suspect involved in the bloody slaying of Lebanese singer Suzan Tamim is alive and still in police custody in Cairo, Gulf News confirmed on Tuesday. On Monday, many Egyptian press reports said the suspect had committed suicide in custody. Some other reports said he had suffered a heart attack and was admitted to hospital. Egyptian police on Tuesday told Gulf News that the suspect was healthy.
Hesham Talaat Moustafa (his photo above) is a member of the Shura Council, the upper house of the Egyptian parliament and chairman of the Talaat Moustfa Group, Egypt's largest real estate developer. Shares of TMG which is traded on the Cairo stock exchange fell more than seven percent on Monday following losses of 14 percent on Sunday "on continuing media reports about its chairman Hesham Talaat Moustafa" said newswire Reuters, citing market traders."A company statement denied unspecified rumours but officials declined to comment in detail", Reuters added.
In another twist to the Tamim probe saga, Sunday's edition of Egyptian daily paper Al-Dustur was seized after it alleged an "important Egyptian figure" was involved in the brutal death of a Lebanese pop singer, the paper's editor said on Monday. The seizure came amid reports that a man suspected of murdering Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim in Dubai by stabbing her several times had been arrested in an Arab country. "The newspaper has been withdrawn from the market. It is nowhere, be it in Cairo or the rest of Egypt's governorates," said Ibrahim Mansour, the editor-in-chief of the independent newspaper. "We have not been officially informed that the newspaper was seized but copies have been withdrawn from the market," he told newswire AFP.
But Mansour insisted that the sudden disappearance of the newspaper was linked to its front-page article on Sunday about Tamim's death in her upmarket Dubai apartment last month. Mansour said it was clear that the seizure was linked to the article, which was headlined: "Is an important Egyptian figure implicated in the murder of a Lebanese singer? "The identity of the Egyptian figure was not specified by the daily, which said the person was "highly influential" and "close to power" and Egyptian business circles. Earlier in the investigation, Tamim’s father, Abdul Sattar Tamim, claimed that he knew the identity of the killer and believed she was the victim of a contract killing.
In an interview with the satellite television station Al Arabiya, he hinted that he had documents and evidence to prove his allegations and that he would hand over all the evidence to Dubai Police. Police said that Tamim did not know her killer but he had tricked the singer into letting him into her apartment by pretending to be a representative of the real estate company from which she had bought her flat. In less than 12 minutes the killer had entered the building, slit Tamim's throat and left and then rushed to Dubai International Airport. Tamim had been living alone in the building for the past eight months. A former winner of the Lebanese talent show Studio Al Fan in 1996, she enjoyed many hit singles during her early career.