Tycoon sentenced to death for killing Lebanese pop star beauty

May 21st, 2009 - 4:23 pm ICT by John Le Fevre  

An Egyptian business tycoon and a security guard have been sentenced to death for the murder of Lebanese pop singer Suzanne Tamim.

Millionaire businessman Hisham Talaat Mustafa was found guilty of paying $US2 million to former policeman Muhsin Sukkari to kill the singer.

Ms Tamim is reported to have broken off a relationship with the wealthy business tycoon several months before she was found dead last July.

The trial has gripped the attention of Egypt and the Middle East due to the mix of politics, showbusiness and wealth, with chaotic scenes following the announcement by the trial judge.

According to reports, Sukkari’s face went pale and family members burst into tears as the sentence was read out.

Sukkari had been charged with killing Tamim with a knife at her luxury Dubai apartment, while Moustafa was charged with participating in the crime through “incitement, agreement and assistance” in the killing.

As is standard in Egypt, the men’s sentences have been referred to the religious authorities for confirmation.

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