The arrest and indictment of Hisham Talaat Mustafa, a member of Egypt's upper house of parliament closely linked to President Hosni Mubarak, shocked Egypt, where high-level officials are rarely publicly held accountable for their crimes.
One attorney close to the case told ABC News Egyptian authorities indicted Mustafa only under intense pressure from Dubai, whose ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum had promised the victim's family that the murder would not go unpunished.
Egyptian newspapers were initially banned from covering the case, but authorities overturned that ban. Pro-government papers cited the case as evidence that no one in Egypt is above the law. This week authorities announced the trial would be televised live when it opens on Saturday morning -- an unprecedented public hearing.
As it unfolds the Tamim case reflects the rules and realities of the Middle East. Lebanon: a place of beauty, turmoil, and contradictions, where a sultry singer can flaunt her sexuality yet be confined by the rule of men in her conservative Muslim circle. Dubai: a fast-paced city publicly committed to the rule of law. Egypt: a country where power brokers dominate society and where rule of law is normally trumped by rule of "wastah" -- Arabic for the influence that money and power can buy.
As Mustafa and Sukkari face trial, Tamim's family says they can't shake the feeling that beauty and fame killed Suzan along with a tendency to trust the wrong people.
"All the people she trusted just wanted to use her and that is what brought her here," said her father.
"She didn't realize that she was living in a forest, a forest of wolves and beasts. Her faith and her kindheartedness made her think that people were angels, while in fact they were beasts."
Issa, the journalist and Tamim acquaintance, agrees it was the path she took that killed her.
"There is a headline that was in an Egyptian magazine that read, 'Suzan Tamim: A woman killed by ambition and trodden on by men,'" said Issa.
Tamim's grandmother had another take on the starlet's tragedy. Teary as she stood in the Tamim living room, facing a tribute of flowers and photos, she repeated an Arabic proverb that roughly translates, "pretty girls have no luck."