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Mon 27 Jul 2009 08:11 AM

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Tamim pair to lodge appeal over death sentence

Court papers call the Egyptian businessman and the ex-cop hitman 'devils'.

Tamim pair to lodge appeal over death sentence
MURDER VICTIM: Suzanne Tamim was stabbed to death in her home in Dubai last July. (Getty Images)

The Egyptian tycoon and the former policeman who were sentenced to death for the murder of the Lebanese pop star Suzanne Tamim will lodge an appeal next month, the National has reported.

“We’ve been waiting for the reasoning to base our appeal on,” Mohammed Abu Shaqqa, a lawyer for Hisham Talaat Moustafa told the paper.

The 49-year-old former chairman of the Talaat Moustafa Group and prominent politician was found guilty of paying Mohsen el Sokari, $2m to kill Tamim at her Dubai home on July 28, 2008.

Both men were sentenced to death by an Egyptian court on June 25.

Anis el-Manawi, representing el Sokari, also said they would lodge an appeal.

The paper reported that the reasoning of the death sentence was released to the defence lawyers on Saturday.

A copy, seen by the paper, said the men were “two devils who conspired to kill a weak woman using all low dubious illegal means.

“Mohsen el Sokari used his physical power and malicious intelligence in killing the victim, while Hisham Talaat Moustafa sentenced the victim to death without a court or defence, making use of the first defendant’s obsessive love of money, and used his power, influence and contacts to keep her for himself; when he failed, he planned to take revenge by ordering her killing.

“The court found no reason to have mercy on the defendants and decided to execute them unanimously.”

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