Egypt court sentences tycoon to death for Suzan Tamim murder

An Egyptian court is expected on Thursday to pass a ruling in the murder of Lebanese singer Suzan Tamim, in which an Egyptian business tycoon was allegedly involved.

  • Lebanese singer Suzan Tamim was found dead in her luxuryapartment in Dubai on July 28, 2008. Image Credit: Gulf News Archive
  • Egyptian policemen guard Hesham Tala'at Mustafa, an Egyptian real estate tycoon and lawmaker (second from Image Credit: AP
  • The sister of construction magnate Mustafa leaves the courtafter hearing his sentencing in Cairo on Thursday. Image Credit: Reuters
  • The wife of Mustafa is consoled outside the court as she reacts after hearing his sentence at the trial in Cai Image Credit: EPA
  • Assistants and lawyers of Mustafa react inside the court after his sentencing in Cairo on Thursday. The verdic Image Credit: EPA
  • Suzan was found dead in a luxury apartment in Dubai in July 2008. Image Credit: Gulf News Archive
  • Relatives of Suzan Tamim carry her coffin during the funeral procession in this August, 2008 file photo. Image Credit: AP
  • Egyptian business tycoon Hesham Tala'at Mustafa has been given the death sentence for hiring Mohsin Al Suk Image Credit: EPA
  • An Egyptian court has convicted and sentenced to death Hisham Talaat an Egyptian real estate mogul and lawmake Image Credit: AP
  • Bodyguards of Hesham Talaat Mustafa block the view of the courtroom's defendants' cage during his tria Image Credit: AP
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Cairo: A Cairo court on Thursday sentenced an Egyptian tycoon and a former policeman to death for the murder in Dubai last year of Lebanese pop star Suzan Tamim.

The judge ordered businessman Hesham Talaat Mustafa and retired policeman Mohseen Al Sukkari hanged for the brutal slaying of the singer in a luxury Dubai apartment in July, 2008.

Mustafa's two daughters burst into tears after the ruling and his sister fainted.

The verdict follows 27 hearing sessions in the trial of Mustafa, one of Egypt's top real-estate developers, accused of ordering the killing of Tamim.

Al Sukkari claimed that Mustafa had instigated him to kill Tamim, with which Mustafa allegedly had an affair, in return for $2 million. Mustafa has denied the accusation.

Millions inside and outside Egypt eagerly awaited the verdict, not only because of the big names involved in the case, but also because the ruling will send a message to corrupt businessmen, said Hamdi Mahrous, a human rights activist.

In recent years, several Egyptian businessmen have been found engaged in illegal practices, based on their huge wealth and political connections.

Their behaviour has harmed the image of the Egyptian regime and disappointed their compatriots, many of whom live below the poverty line, Mahrous told Gulf News.

Since the start of the trial last October, the court cross-examined 15 witnesses from the UAE, Egypt and Lebanon, including a pathologist from Dubai, who carried out a post-mortem examination on Tamim's body.

The court also checked evidence including transcriptions of telephone calls between Mustafa and Al Sukkar.

With input from agencies