Hasleza trial begins tomorrow

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  • Monday, 20 Jan 2003

IPOH: The trial of five men accused of murdering the second wife of the Raja Di-Hilir of Perak will begin tomorrow at the Taiping High Court. 

Padi farmer Mat Saad Mat Isa, 49, house builder Sabaruddin Non, 33, and fisherman J. Manimaran, 26, are charged with the murder of Hasleza Ishak on Oct 6 last year between 6pm and 11pm at the 63rd kilometre of Jalan Sumpitan in the district of Larut, Matang and Selama. 

All three are charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code which carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction. 

Hasleza, 26, was the second wife of Raja Jaafar Raja Muda Musa. 

An employee at the Istana Raja Di-Hilir, Tengku Aristonsjah Tengku Mohamad Ansany, 40, and Rahim Ismail, 46, who has no permanent job, are charged with conspiracy with the three accused in causing Hasleza’s death. 

They are being charged under Section 109 of the Penal Code and Section 302 of the same Code, and face the mandatory death sentence upon conviction. 

All five were brought to the Taiping magistrate’s court on Oct 24, before the case was transferred to the Taiping High Court. 

Taiping High Court Judge Datuk V.T. Singham had on Nov 8 fixed hearing on the case for Jan 21 to 24 and Feb 17 to 21. 

Hasleza, who had a child from a previous marriage, married Raja Jaafar in January last year.  

She was abducted from her home here on Oct 6 last year. Her body was found on Oct 11. 

Raja Jaafar’s first wife, Raja Puan Muda Perak Raja Nor Mahani Raja Shahar Shah, was released unconditionally on Oct 30 last year after being remanded for seven days to assist in the investigation. – Bernama  

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