SHAH ALAM: The High Court here has allowed the two teenage boys accused of the murder of Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan to be released on RM50,000 bail each.
Justice Ab Karim Ab Rahman allowed the application filed by the boys’ biological father on the grounds that, based on their ages and background, the court believed the teens would not abscond.
“The presumption of innocence must still be on their side,” he said on Wednesday (March 27).
The judge also ordered for eight conditions to be met by the teens which included, among other things: surrendering their passports to the court, reporting to the nearest police station weekly, and refraining from being in public places with the exception of religious and learning reasons.
DPP Datuk Jamil Aripin prosecuted while lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik appeared for the teens.
Earlier this month, Nazrin's widow Samirah Muzaffar, 44, and the two teenagers, 13 and 16, pleaded not guilty to the murder charge.
They were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which was read together with Section 34 of the same Act.
The trio were charged together with Indonesian Eka Wahyu Lestari, who is still at large.
All four were accused of murdering Nazrin, 47, at a house in Mutiara Homes, Mutiara Damansara, between 11.30pm on June 13, 2018, and 4am the following day.
Nazrin was found with 30% burns on his body.
The initial conclusion of accidental death was reclassified as murder following the findings of the Fire and Rescue Department’s forensics unit.