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Tamim killer acquittal would be DNA 'death knell'

EXCLUSIVE: Dubai Police chief hits back as murder retrial lawyers cast doubt on DNA evidence.

Tamim killer acquittal would be DNA 'death knell'
MURDERED: Security guard Muhsen el-Sukkari was last year sentenced to death for the killing of Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim.

Dubai’s police chief has said that if the man convicted of the murder of Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim in a Dubai apartment is allowed to go free, then the use of DNA evidence in court might as well be discounted for future cases.

Security guard Muhsen el-Sukkari was sentenced to death for Tamim’s murder last year, along with Hesham Talaat Moustafa, a member of parliament in Egypt's ruling party and the man alleged to have paid for the killing, which took place in July 2008.

However, the pair was granted a retrial in March by an Egyptian court, on grounds of legal errors. The new trial began on April 26, but even if found guilty in the Cairo trial, Moustafa and el-Sukkari will be allowed to appeal the new ruling and could face a third and final trial if that appeal is accepted.

“If [el-Sukkari is cleared] then they are saying that DNA is not incriminating evidence, that it might as well be abolished from cases,” Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim told Arabian Business in an interview.

“We have el-Sukkari’s shirt which is covered in blood stains from the murdered victim,” he continued. “It is on his shirt.”

El-Sukkari’s chief lawyer, Atef el-Mannawi, has used the retrial to try to cast doubt on the DNA evidence collected at the scene.

The accused pair was arrested just months after Tamim's murder, which has been described in the media as an act of revenge after Tamim ended an extramarital affair with Moustafa.

Read the full interview in Arabian Business magazine on Sunday June 27.

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Jon 9 years ago

There's no problem with using DNA evidence. The problem is with the Egyptian legal system and corruption.