There was chaos in court after the verdicts were read out
An Egyptian billionaire and former top political figure has been sentenced to death in Cairo for the 2008 murder of Lebanese pop star Suzanne Tamim.
Hisham Talaat Moustafa was found guilty of paying $2m to an ex-policeman to kill the singer. The killer Muhsin Sukkari was also sentenced to hang.
Ms Tamim reportedly broke off a secret love affair with Moustafa months before she was stabbed to death in Dubai.
The tale of sex, politics, money and show business gripped the Arab world.
The courtroom descended into chaos after the judge read out a short statement and ordered the sentences referred to the religious authorities for confirmation - as is normal in
The defendants looked shocked at the verdict and relatives of Hisham Talaat Moustafa jostled with reporters to prevent them photographing his reaction.
Female relatives burst into tears and one of them fainted in the pandemonium.
Lawyer Samir Shishtawi called the verdict "severe", adding: "I want to assure Talaat Moustafa's family that this verdict will be overturned by the appeals court".
The indictment had accused the security guard who worked at a hotel owned by Moustafa of
killing Suzanne Tamim,
30, with a knife at her luxury Dubai apartment last July.
Born in Lebanon, September 1977
Winner of Studio El Fan talent show in 1996
Married former classmate Ali MOuzannar (divorced in 2002), followed by music producer Adel Matouk
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