May 21, 2009

2 convicted in pop singer’s slaying

An Egyptian real-estate mogul and ex-member of Parliament has been found guilty of ordering the slaying of his ex-girlfriend, Lebanese pop singer Suzanne Tamim.

Tamim's career reportedly began when she won a gold medal on Lebanon's Studio al-Fann talent show in 1996. She became famous for her beauty, as well as her ability to sing both pop songs and classical Arabic melodies.

CNN reported Hisham Talaat Moustafa and former police officer Muhsen el Sukkari were found guilty Thursday in the 30-year-old entertainer's death at her home in Dubai last July.

The trial was moved from the United Arab Emirates to Egypt because Egypt doesn't allow its citizens to be extradited and tried in other countries. Egyptian authorities also relieved him of his government position and privileges at the time of his arrest.

Prosecutors said Moustafa paid el Sukkari $2 million to kill Tamim. The singer was found stabbed with her throat slit in her apartment.

The two men convicted of killing her are expected to be sentenced June 25. CNN said because they are to be punished under Islamic law, they are widely expected to be hanged.