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Prosecutors Want Mubarak's Son Summoned for Suzan Murder Trial
Gamal Mubarak, the son of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Assistant Secretary General of the National Democratic Party
Photo Courtesy of AP Photo

Prosecutors in the Suzan Tamim murder trial here have requested the court to summon Jamal Mubarak, the influential son of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, to testify about his relationship with business tycoon Hesham Tala'at Mustafa - the prime suspect in the case.

The prosecutors also requested that Habib Al Adli, Egypt's incumbent Minister of Interior, who was the head of the State Security Department in which the prime defendant and ex-policeman, Mohsin Al Sukkari once served, to be summoned to court. The court is yet to decide on both requests.

Suzan was found dead in her luxury apartment in Dubai on July 28.

The court resumes its hearing in the high-profile murder trial today. The case has aroused a media frenzy in Egypt and has brought the ruling party under fire.

About 30 witnesses are expected to appear at the trial in which about 13 lawyers from Egypt, the UAE and Britain are engaged.

Meanwhile, the defence lawyer for Mustafa, who has been charged with ordering the murder of the Lebanese singer in Dubai, on Saturday requested the court to summon pathologists who had examined Suzan's body in Dubai, to testify.

"Dubai Police should hand over the shirt seized at the scene of the murder because the one that was sent to Egypt was not the real one," Fareed Al Deeb, the lawyer for Mustafa, one of Egypt's top real estate developers, claimed during the second session of the court on Saturday.

Al Deeb requested that residents of the apartment building where Suzan resided in Dubai be summoned as well.

Al Sukkari claimed Mustafa, 49, had ordered him to kill Suzan - with whom the latter had reportedly had an affair - in return for $2 million (Dh 7.34 million).

Both Al Sukkari and Mustafa face the death penalty if convicted. On Saturday they were whisked into the courtroom from a back door amid tight security.

During Saturday's hearing, Mustafa's lawyer Al Deeb questioned the auth-enticity of the measures adopted by Dubai Police in arresting Al Sukkari and charging him with the murder of the singer.

The court on Saturday examined evidence found at the scene of the murder and cross-examined Samir Sa'ad, an Egyptian police officer working for Interpol (International Police) in Cairo. (Gulf News)






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