An Egyptian court has convicted and sentenced to death a prominent real estate mogul and lawmaker for the slaying of Lebanese pop star Suzanne Tamim, in a case that sparked a media frenzy across the Middle East.
Hisham Talaat Moustafa, who is close to President Hosni Mubarak's eldest son, Gamal, was accused of paying a former Egyptian police officer $2 million to kill Tamim in Dubai. Authorities say Moustafa and Tamim were lovers.
The former officer, Mohsen el-Sukkary, was also sentenced to death Thursday in a court session that quickly descended into chaos after the verdict was read.
The case captivated Egyptians as it involved a member of an elite often viewed as above the law.
Moustafa's two daughters burst into tears after the ruling and his sister fainted.