Egyptian tycoon gets death for Lebanese pop star's slaying

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May 21, 2009 09:44

 
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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.

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