“If NDP official Hisham Talaat Mostafa is convicted in the case of murdering the Lebanese singer Suzan Tamim, who was killed at her home in Dubai last July, then this will be a scandal and a shame on the Egyptian Parliament and the ruling regime,” MP Saber Abu Al-Fotouh told Ikhwanweb Tuesday. Yet, he added, he is confident that Egypt’s judiciary will rule justly in the case.
Abu Al-Fotouh condemned the involvement of many leaders and symbols of the ruling party in corruption cases recently, and warned against the danger of merging power with money.
“The marriage between power and money is one of the most dangerous means of corrupting political life and leading society to a real collapse. Money holders often abuse power for their own interests, not for the interests of the state and the people,” he added.
The Attorney General has referred Hisham Talaat Mostafa, head of the board of Talaat Mostafa Group, to trial as a second defendant along with the former police officer Mohsen Al-Soukary whom the Attorney-General said had traveled to Dubai to kill Tamim instigated by Mostafa, and that he followed her to London as well.
According to the statement of the Egyptian Attorney General, the investigations in Egypt revealed that Mostafa paid two million dollars in cash to Al-Soukary in return for killing Tamim, who had ended her relationship with the prominent Egyptian businessman.
Mostafa occupies the position of the director of the Economic Committee in the Shura Council (higher chamber of Parliament) as well as member of the Supreme Council of Policies (one of the most prominent committees of the ruling National Democratic Party). The Supreme Council of Policies is headed by Gamal Mubarak, the Egyptian president"s son.
"The Attorney General ordered to refer both defendants Mohsen Al-Soukary and Hisham Talaat Mostafa to Cairo criminal court to punish them on their crime of killing the Lebanese singer in Dubai," the statement read.
The statement added that Egypt has opened an investigation into the killing of Tamim following the request of the UAE to probe into Al-Soukary.
"The first defendant has been interrogated, and he mentioned the role of the second defendant Hisham Talaat Mostafa in this murder. Then the Shura Council gave permission to execute the criminal procedures against the second defendant," the statement read.
“Mostafa was involved along with the first defendant in killing the victim through instigation and the agreement with him to murder her for revenge … He provided him with information about the victim, and money that was needed to plan for the crime and commit it, in addition to facilitating his transportations."