Egypt: Ex-police officer gets jail, $3m fine for money laundering

Cairo: An ex-Egyptian police officer, previously convicted in the murder of a Lebanese singer in Dubai more than a decade ago, was found guilty of money laundering and given three years in jail, legal sources said.

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The Economic Court Tuesday sentenced Mohsin Al Sukkari to three years in prison and ordered him to pay a fine of 3 million dollars after convicting him of money laundering, they added.

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Investigations revealed that the ex-state security officer had committed a crime of money laundering estimated at $1.9 million, including $300,000 he had deposited in a bank in the Egyptian resort town of Sharm Al Sheikh, they said. He had $1.4 million in his residence in a Cairo suburb.

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Al Sakkari was the prime defendant in the 2008 killing of Lebanese pop singer Suzan Tamim in Dubai. In 2009, an Egyptian criminal court sentenced Al Sukkari to death.

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After a retrial, another court reduced the sentence in 2010 to life in prison and sentenced to 15 years in prison Hesham Talaat Mustafa, a business mogul, charged with inciting the killing of Tamim.

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Mustafa, an ex-lawmaker, had reportedly fallen in love with Tamim who jilted him after allegedly swindling him out of a fortune.

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The murder case had generated massive attention and media hype in the Arab world at the time.

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