Hisham Talaat Moustafa was a millionnaire businessman who had it all - including a stunning popstar on his arm! But when things didn't go his way, would his money and power be enough to help him get away with murder?
Suzanne Tamim shot to fame after winning a Lebanese talent show in the mid 1990s. Her beauty and incredible voice made her beloved overnight.
But in July 2008, when she opened the door to her luxury apartment in Dubai, she was attacked. The 30-year-old’s throat was slit and she was stabbed in a bloodthirsty frenzy.
A Dubai police report even suggested she’d nearly been decapitated. But who’d want to kill the talented pop princess?
Investigations soon led police to a former policeman, Mohsen al-Sukkari. He’d been caught on camera leaving the murder scene and clothes found at the apartment carried his DNA.
He told police he’d been hired to carry out the killing by Hisham Talaat Moustafa.
A politician and businessman with friends in high places, Moustafa had been in a relationship with Suzanne. He seemed to have it all – money, power and a beautiful woman on his arm.
But it was reported she’d turned down his marriage proposal. Did his bitterness lead him to hire a hitman?
Investigations revealed recorded telephone conversations between the two men.
According to transcripts, Moustafa had ordered the killing be made to look like an accident. ‘The best solution is for her to be thrown from the balcony,’ he told Sukkari.
In 2009, Moustafa was convicted of paying a retired police officer $2million to kill Suzanne. He was sentenced to death, but this was later reduced to 15 years imprisonment. Sukkari was convicted of killing the pop star and jailed for life.