Egyptian Tycoon Condemned to Death

"I'll Kill Her and Kill You if You Don't Give Me the Girl"

"Suzan told me that he had phoned her and said that if she left me and went to marry him he would pay her $50 million. He then said that if she refused he would then kill her." Alazzawi told the Sunday Times, a statement confirmed by Alazzawi's lawyer.

On another occasion, Alazzawi said he received a phone call from Moustafa himself.

"He said forget about this girl. I'll kill her and kill you if you don't give me the girl," Alazzawi alleged.

A representative with Moustafa's company, Talaat Moustafa Group, refused to comment on the charges or on any matter related to the Tamim case. In a letter from his jail cell, Moustafa denounced his accusers and the reporters covering the case.

"These lies will not be able to move the great pyramids I have constructed in the Egyptian economy," Moustafa wrote.

Tamim spent eighteen months living in London with Alazzawi. In 2007 the two jointly purchased an apartment in Rimal Tower, part of a luxury residential complex in Dubai . Eight months later, on July 28, Tamim was stabbed to death in the apartment.

Dubai Police told reporters her killer got through security by posing as Tamim's real estate agent, coming to finalize her paperwork.

Five hours after the crime, Dubai Police arrested a former Egyptian police officer, Mohsen Al Sukkari, and charged him with the crime. Investigators in Egypt told the press that while in custody, Al Sukkari confessed to killing Tamim and claimed he did so at Hisham Talaat Moustafa's behest. In return Moustafa would pay him $2 million. Moustafa was arrested, the two held in jail until trial.

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 Moustafa and Sukkari face the death penalty, 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."

The Associated Press contributed to the reporting of this story.

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