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Suzanne Tamim
سوزان تميم
Born Suzanne Abdel Satar Tamim
September 23, 1977(1977-09-23)
Beirut, Lebanon
Died July 28, 2008 (aged 30)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Cause of death Murder
Nationality Lebanese
Occupation Singer
Religious beliefs Sunni Muslim

Suzanne Tamim (Arabic: سوزان تميم‎, September 23, 1977 – July 28, 2008) was a Lebanese singer who rose to fame in the Arab world after having won the top prize in the popular Studio El Fan television show in 1996.

Tamim was found murdered in an apartment in Dubai Marina in 2008.[1] On September 2, 2008, Egyptian businessman and lawmaker Hisham Talaat Moustafa was arrested in Cairo and charged with paying a hitman to have Tamim killed.[2] On May 21, 2009, he was found guilty of her murder and has been sentenced to death by hanging in Cairo.[3][4]



Tamim won fame after appearing on a TV talent show in Lebanon in 1996, but her career was marred by stories about a troubled private life. Soon afterward, news about her divorce from her first husband, Ali Muzannar, flooded the media. Tamim later married Lebanese impresario and producer Adel Matouk, who became her manager. Once they divorced, Tamim was thought to have fled from her home in Beirut to Egypt after Matouk filed a series of lawsuits against her, including embezzlement, fraud, slander and libel. Reports say she disappeared from public view in Cairo in 2007 and was thought to be living in Dubai's exclusive Jumeirah district.

Musical career

After winning a Gold Medal on Studio El Fan, she was hailed not only for her beauty but also for a voice that was equally suited to pop tunes and classical Arabic melodies. Tamim's last album was produced in 2002 by production giant Rotana and called Saken Alby. This album went on to establish sales records. Her last song, "Lovers", recorded in 2006, was dedicated to the memory of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.


Suzanne Tamim was found murdered in her apartment in Dubai, on July 28, 2008.[5][6] Although it was reported that she had been beheaded,[7] the lawyer of her former husband let it be known that her death certificate indicates that her throat was slit.[8] At the time of her death, she had reportedly been married to Iraqi-born British kickboxing champion Riyadh Al-Azzawi for about 18 months.[9]

Muhsen el-Sukkari, a 39-year-old former policeman from Egypt, was arrested as the alleged murderer in early August in Cairo.[10] The suspect, whose name was being withheld, was said to have died in police custody in early August 2008;[11] however, the police subsequently reported him to be alive.[12] The alleged killer — who had apparently confessed to the murder and is linked to Hisham Talaat Moustafa, a prominent and influential businessman in Egypt and member of the Shura Council — had denied any connection to her death.[11]

Although Egyptian newspapers initially reported freely about the death, once the case was linked to the businessman the Attorney General forbade reporting about the case.[7] An edition of a newspaper that defied the order was confiscated.[13]

On September 2, 2008, Hisham Talaat Moustafa, the son of the Egyptian tycoon Talaat Mostafa, was arrested by Egyptian justice officers and charged with the murder.[14] The indictment charges former police officer Muhsen el-Sukkari with killing Tamim on July 28 in return for $2 million from company chairman Hesham Talaat Moustafa.[15]

Five Egyptian journalists have been charged with breaching a gag order in the trial.[16]

On May 21, 2009, Hisham Talaat Moustafa and Muhsen el-Sukkari were sentenced to death for the murder of Tamim.[3][4] An Egyptian court confirmed their sentences on June 25, 2009.[17]


  1. ^ "Troubled Lebanese singer murdered in Dubai". Alarabiya. 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-07-30.  
  2. ^ "Egyptian lawmaker arrested in death of pop singer". Associated Press. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2008-09-02.  
  3. ^ a b "Death sentence for Egyptian businessman behind Tamim murder". Arabian Business. 2009-05-21. Retrieved 2009-05-21.  
  4. ^ a b "Death sentences for Suzanne Tamim murderers". BBC News. 2009-05-21.  
  5. ^ Agarib, Amira (2008-07-30). "Lebanese singer found dead". Khaleej Times. Retrieved 2008-07-30.  
  6. ^ "Lebanese singer 'killed in Dubai'". BBC. 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-07-30.  
  7. ^ a b AP (08-12-2008). "Egypt bans news of beheaded pop star".  
  8. ^ Maysam Ali (08-07-2007). "Lebanese singer Suzan Tamim was not decapitated, lawyer says".   accessed 08-20-2008
  9. ^ Riyadh Al-Azzawi exclusive interview with "Sunday Times" about the Suzanne Tamim affair
  10. ^ "Arrest over Lebanese singer death". BBC. 2008-08-10. Retrieved 2008-08-10.  
  11. ^ a b Maysam Ali (08-11-2008). "Suzan murder suspect 'has died in police custody'".   accessed 08-20-2008
  12. ^ Maysam Ali (08-12-2008). "Cairo police say murder suspect is alive".   accessed 08-20-2008
  13. ^ Ulrike Putz (2008-08-20). "Der Tod einer Prinzessin". Der Spiegel (German).,1518,572838,00.html.   accessed 08-20-2008
  14. ^ "Egyptian tycoon Hisham Talaat Moustafa has been arrested and charged over the murder of Lebanese pop star Suzanne Tamim". BBC World News. 09-02-2008.   accessed 09-02-2008
  15. ^ "Egyptian businessman Hesham Talaat Moustafa charged over murder of Suzan Tamim". 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2008-09-03.  
  16. ^ "Journalists charged for breaching Tamim murder trial gag". Arabian Business. 2008-11-26. Retrieved 2008-11-26.  
  17. ^ "Egyptian tycoon, ex-cop face execution". CNN. 2009-06-25. Retrieved 2009-06-25.  

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