Saturday, September 06, 2008
Members of the Egyptian elite are accustomed to cruising above the law. The arrest of Hisham Talaat Moustafa for the murder of Suzanne Tamim is an important development. Moustafa is not just rich, but he is a member of the elite inner circle. He is not only a member of the Shura Council but a member of the ruling party's Policy Committee, which is chaired by Gamal Mubarak, the son of the president. Tamim's gory murder has been extensively covered in the Egyptian media. Moustafa's name has been whispered for weeks, but I think that most Egyptians expected a smaller fish might be charged with the crime while the real estate mogul would escape punishment.
You can be sure that many Egyptians understand that something very important has happened.