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Tuesday September 25, 2007

Unfair to charge Nurin’s parents

KUALA LUMPUR: It would be unfair to charge Nurin Jazlin Jazimin’s parents over her abduction and death, Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said. 

“They have gone through enough and there is no need to further punish them,” he said. 

Lee was among many who have voiced their objections to any legal action against the parents. 

He said the main issue now was not about punishing the parents but how police and the public could work together to nab the criminals. 

Gathering information: Jazimin letting two police officers out of his house in Wangsa Maju, Kuala Lumpur, after they recorded statements from him and his wife.
“This is a very heinous crime and every effort should be made to solve the case,” he said. 

Lee urged parents to be aware of their responsibilities in protecting their children. 

He also hoped there would be people who would come forward and work with police in tracking down the criminals. 

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil agreed with Lee and said her ministry’s view was that the priority was to hunt down the criminals responsible for Nurin's death. 

“Although the law must take its course, any decision to prosecute must be made based on the facts of each individual case,” she said in a statement yesterday. 

She said any decision to prosecute must therefore be made cautiously and prudently.  

“I believe that the Public Prosecutor  

will consider all these before deciding whether to charge or not in any given case,” she added. 

She added that the whole nation must help the police track down the culprit.  

“The police must continue and intensify their investigation,” Shahrizat said, adding that Nurin’s parents now needed compassion and support.  

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