|Full name||Hamza Boussefi|
|Cause of death||Bullet wound to the back of the head|
|Family||Fatima Boussefi (wife)|
|Appears in||Criminal Case|
|First appeared||Case #9: Killing Spring (s3)|
Hamza was the leader of the protest movement attempting to overthrow Sultan Mahmoud. At the time of his death, he was wearing a tan coat and a blue scarf around his head.
Hamza was found in an oasis with a bullet wound in his head. An autopsy from Angela confirmed that he was killed by a gunshot wound to the back of the head, most likely from a service rifle. She also managed to find traces of couscous on the victim's carotid artery on his neck. She believed it meant the killer check Hamza's pulse, leaving grains behind. This meant that Hamza's killer ate couscous.
After a second visit to the oasis (before the Sultan closed the scene as he announced), Carmen and the player found a disassembled service rifle. They placed the pieces back together and sent the assembled rifle to Lars for an analysis. After testing the bullet impacts on several objects, Lars managed to deduce the service rifle was the murder weapon used to off Hamza. Basing himself on the angle in which the bullet entered Hamza's body, the forensic expert calculated the killer was 5'6" tall.
Killer and motives
The killer turned out to be an American journalist named Thomas Cox.
Carmen lambasted Thomas for killing Hamza, despite the journalist denying the evidence at first. When he confessed to killing the protest leader, Thomas also claimed that it was an accident. He had invited the victim for an interview about the protest movement and how far he would go to overthrowing the Sultan. During the interview, Hamza showed the journalist the rifle, which the latter took to get a feel for it; however, Thomas lost the feel when he accidentally discharged the rifle. The journalist took Hamza’s death as an advantage and had framed the Sultan in his news story. Carmen was disgusted that Thomas had used Hamza’s death for his own purposes, and she shipped him to trial.
Thomas pleaded guilty before Judge Adaku, but claimed to get “a killer story” out of it. The judge was shocked when the journalist turned it into a news story. However, he did believe that the murder was not premeditated and sentenced the journalist to 10 years in prison.