Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 26 November 2020

Egyptian tycoon jailed for murder of Lebanese pop star in Dubai is freed

Tamim, Moustafa’s lover, was murdered in July 2008 at her Jumeirah Beach Residence apartment.
Lebanese pop singer Suzanne Tamim, right, and Egyptian tycoon Hisham Talaat Moustafa, who was arrested and charged on September 2, 2008 with paying for the murder of Tamim in Dubai. AFP
Lebanese pop singer Suzanne Tamim, right, and Egyptian tycoon Hisham Talaat Moustafa, who was arrested and charged on September 2, 2008 with paying for the murder of Tamim in Dubai. AFP

An Egyptian real estate tycoon jailed in Cairo for the murder of a Lebanese pop diva in Dubai almost a decade ago was freed as part of a presidential pardon for hundreds of detainees.

State television said president Abdel Fattah El Sisi pardoned a total of 502 prisoners to mark Eid Al Fitr at the end of Ramadan.

Hisham Talaat Moustafa, who was sentenced to 15 years in jail in 2010 for the murder of Suzanne Tamim, was among those pardoned on health grounds, an interior ministry official told AFP.

Moustafa was released from prison on Friday, he said. A police official at the Torah jail south of Cairo confirmed the tycoon had been freed.

Tamim, Moustafa’s lover, was murdered in July 2008 at her Jumeirah Beach Residence apartment by former policeman Mohsen Al Sukkari.

The court which sentenced Moustafa to jail accused him of having paid Sukkari US$2 million to cut Tamim’s throat.

Sukkari was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Tamim’s killing sparked an outcry in the region, particularly in Egypt where Moustafa was a respected figure and a business associate of ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s son and heir apparent Gamal.

Moustafa was also a member of Mubarak’s now-dissolved National Democratic Party.

In May 2009, Moustafa was sentenced to jail but a year later an appeals court overturned the verdict on procedural grounds and ordered a retrial. In 2010 he was handed a 15-year prison sentence.

State television said those pardoned by Sisi included people jailed in connection with “demonstrations”. It did not elaborate.

* Agence France-Presse

Updated: June 24, 2017 04:00 AM