The Story of Free Will

Billionaire is guilty of Tamim death plot | Egyptian tycoon jailed for 15 years | Sudden end to retrial as Moustafa is convicted of ordering $ 2 million murder of Lebanese singer in Dubai apartment.

I put the book by Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With Fire, aside on the table. I began looking at the headlines of The National (the emirates) and I was saying to myself: The page 1 news of 29th September 2010 certainly slows down Larsson’s gripping stay-up-all-night detective thriller. The newspaper reveals a real life drama of illicit love, money, jealousy, revenge and a brutal knife murder. The chilling report gives us the road map of human nature. To top it all, Atef El Mennawi, the head of El Sokari’s team of two lawyers, said, as he was leaving court, “Like all calamities from God, the verdict descended unexpected”. Correction. Correction. Correction. God has given us all a free will. If we are still happy doing the wrong things and also thinking about getting good results from those ways – God certainly cannot be held responsible for all calamities – the end results of our dark deeds.

And who is El Sokari? El Sokari is the man who has been found guilty of assassinating Suzanne Tamim in her apartment in Dubai in 2008. El Sokari, 41, is sentenced to life in prison, which means 25 years according to Egypt’s penal code, plus three years for possession of gun and bullets.

The Egyptian tycoon, Hisham Talaat Moustafa, 50, has been jailed for 15 years. The billionaire property magnate, who has been an associate of the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s son Gamal sat on the ruling party’s policies committee and he had also been a leading member of the Egyptian political establishment. Although married, with children, Moustafa not only began a torrid relationship with the Lebanese pop singer Suzanne Tamim in Cairo in 2005, he also planned and carried out her murder by hiring the former Egyptian state security officer. Moustafa gave the agreed sum of $ 2 million to El Sokari when he went to see Moustafa at Four Seasons Hotel, owned by the magnate.

“Like all calamities from God, the verdict descended unexpected”. DID IT?

The above prose-text was written on 29th September 2010.

Geeta Chhabra

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