Cairo court agrees to hear Hesham Talaat Mostafa’s request for name-clearing

El-Sayed Gamal El-Din , Sunday 27 Aug 2023

A Cairo criminal court agreed on Sunday to hear a request for name-clearing submitted by business tycoon Hesham Talaat Mostafa, six years after the end of his time in prison for involvement with the 2008 murder of Lebanese singer Suzanne Tamim.

Hesham Talaat Mostafa
File Photo: Businessman Hesham Talaat Mostafa. Courtesy of Forbes list.


According to Article 536 of the Criminal Procedure Law, name-clearing may be granted to anyone sentenced for a felony or misdemeanour. "The judgment to that effect shall be issued by the Criminal Court having jurisdiction over the convicted person's place of residence, based on their request."

Name-clearing in Egyptian law requires the passage of six years after completing a sentence or receiving a presidential pardon in felony cases.

According to Article 552, a name-clearing ruling clears one's criminal record, thus restoring civic and political rights, including the right to assume government positions and run in parliamentary elections.

Before his arrest in 2008, Hesham Talaat was a prominent businessman and MP for the now-defunct National Democratic Party (NDP).

A criminal court convicted Hesham Talaat of complicity and incitement to murder, paying former state security officer Mohsen El-Sukkari two million dollars to murder the singer Suzanne Tamim in 2008 in Dubai.

In 2010, the Cairo Criminal Court sentenced Hesham Talaat to 15 years in prison for her murder instead of the death penalty (reserved for first-degree murder).

The court also sentenced El-Sukkari to life imprisonment (25 years). He was later released by a presidential pardon.

Hesham Talaat was also released through a presidential pardon in 2017.

Hesham Talaat Mostafa is the current head of Talaat Mostafa Group (TMG), founded by his father, Talaat Mostafa. TMG is considered one of Egypt's leading real estate developers, with a land bank of over 53 million square meters.

In May, Forbes Middle East ranked the businessman 45th among the world's Top 100 Travel & Tourism Leaders.

TMG owns the Four Seasons Sharm El-Sheikh Resort, the Four Seasons Nile Plaza Cairo, the Four Seasons San Stefano Grand Plaza Alexandria, and the Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo.

In July, TMG submitted a proposal to the Egyptian government to acquire a "significant stake" with management rights in a portfolio of seven state-owned hotels.

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