UK, Thursday June 25, 2009 The death sentences handed down to an Egyptian tycoon and a hitman for murdering a Lebanese pop star on July 28th 2008 have been confirmed. Hesham Talaat Moustafa was convicted of paying a hitman $2m (£1.2m) to kill Suzanne Tamim, 30, at her apartment in Dubai.
The mufti's approval is sought to confirm a death sentence but it automatically goes to appeal. The verdict in May was greeted with shock in Egypt where members of the elite are generally regarded as being above the law and where reporting of the trial was banned.
See Prior post; Thursday, July 31, 2008, SEXY SINGER SUZANNE TAMIM SLASHED TO DEATH AT POSH DUBAI MARINA CONDO, BIZARRE HONOR KILLING ?See complete coverage of the case here, Prior post; Sunday, August 10, 2008, MURDER OF SEXY SINGER SUZANNE TAMIM LINKED TO EGYPTIAN CONSTRUCTION GURU HISHAM TALAAT MOUSTAFA, $2 MILLION FOR THE HIT.Mr Mubarak’s regime has become notorious for its close links with wealthy businessmen and Moustafa was no exception. He ran a real estate conglomerate worth several billion dollars.
Also see See Prior post; Sunday, August 10, 2008, SUSPECT IN SEXY SINGER SUZANNE TAMIM’S MURDER ARRESTED IN AN ARAB COUNTRY. See Prior post; Tuesday, September 02, 2008, Egyptian property mogul, Hisham Talaat Mustafa arrested in Sexy Suzanne Tamim murder in Dubai, the Egyptian Tycoon hired a hitman.
Moustafa and Sukkari were inside a cage in court for the latest hearing and read the Koran before the judge confirmed the sentence. Sukkari was reported to have tricked the singer into opening her door in Dubai by posing as a representative of the building owners. He then stabbed her with a knife, the indictment said.
Sukkari later dumped bloody clothes near the crime scene, leaving DNA, prosecutors said. Evidence also included phone calls between Moustafa, who was born in 1959, and Sukkari. Tamim rose to fame after winning the top prize in a television show in 1996.
The murder of Suzanne Tamim, a 30-year-old Lebanese singer, sparked a tabloid sensation when photographs of her lying dead with her throat slashed leaked across the Middle East after her killing last July 28th.