Octavia Nasr | BIO
CNN senior editor for Arab affairs
A slaying shook the Middle East in late July when 30-year-old Suzanne Tamim, a Lebanese rising pop star, was brutally stabbed several times and her throat slit in her luxurious Dubai apartment.
Shortly after the murder, a former Egyptian state security officer by the name of Mohsen el-Sukkary was arrested and charged with her murder. This week, Hisham Talaat Mustafa, an Egyptian real estate mogul with close ties to Egypt's government elite was also arrested. Both men deny the charges despite evidence that police say ties them to the crime.
Egypt's public prosecutor, Gen. Abdul Meguid Mahmoud, says Mustafa "took part through incitement, agreement and assistance with the first defendant in killing the victim in revenge."
Revenge, Arab media outlets report, for a failed love affair with the Lebanese Diva.
The Middle East is not strange to soap opera-like dramas linking powerful politicians or businessmen to popular figures in the entertainment industry. But this drama proved different for many reasons.
To top all that, the alleged killer released taped conversations he said were between him and the Egyptian tycoon who hired him. The independent Egyptian newspaper Al-Masri Al-Yom, released the following text from those conversations.
Mustafa: Have you carried out the mission?
Sukkary: I had no chance and the place of the mission was changed to Dubai.
Mustafa: It would be difficult there.
Sukkary: Don't worry, it is my business.
Mustafa: Why did you delay the mission?
Sukkary: She is a famous singer and she is surrounded by many people.
Mustafa: Please put an end to this story.
The newspaper, Al-Masri Al-Yom, reports that Mustafa denies that the voice on the tape is his. El-Sukkary says after this conversation was recorded he quit and did not commit the murder.
Now, while Arab fans on line mourn the tragic loss of Suzanne Tamim, an Arab world is absorbing the drama of not just the murder, but more so, the shock of Dubai police disclosure and Egyptian search for justice this murder has brought about.
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