An Egyptian businessman has been sentenced to death by a court in Cairo for the murder of Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim.
When Hesham Talaat Moustafa, a prominent politician, was arrested in September, it followed weeks of speculation about who had murdered the popular star in her house in Dubai last July. The court heard how Moustafa had a relationship with Tamim for three years before they split up, with her moving initially to London before Dubai. He is then alleged to have paid two million dollars to co-defendant Muhsen al-Sukkari to stab her to death. He has also been sentenced to death. Moustafa’s lawyer, Sameer el-Shishtawi, said: “We will appeal against this verdict, and I confirm to you all that this will be cancelled one million percent through the court of appeal.” Tamim, who was 30 when she was killed, broke into showbiz when she won top prize in a television show in 1996. She was a huge star in the Middle East, where the case has sparked a media frenzy.