Widow willing to be placed under house arrest if granted bail


PUTRAJAYA: The Court of Appeal has been told that the widow of Cradle Fund chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan, who is charged with his murder, will satisfy strict conditions imposed on her if she is granted bail.

Samirah Muzaffar, who is making another bid at bail after the High Court denied her application, is willing to be placed under house arrest.

Her counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah said all she wanted was to be with her children, two of them aged two and four.

“She is willing to stay 24 hours in her apartment so that she can take care of her four children. She is also willing report daily to the police station,” he said yesterday.

Muhammad Shafee said the death took place in June 2018 and Samirah was only charged nine months later.

“In between that, she was remanded and then released on bail.

“None of the bail conditions were breached by anyone. There was no element of absconding,” he added.

Last month, Samirah, 44, and two teenagers, aged 13 and 16, claimed trial to the murder of Nazrin.

They were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code, which was read together with Section 34 of the same Act.

On April 11, the Shah Alam High Court denied Samirah bail, citing the danger of witness tampering as one of the reasons.

Muhammad Shafee, in his submissions, said the High Court was “inconsistent” in dealing with the bail applications by Samirah and the two teenagers.

“She was denied bail as the court ruled that there may be tampering with the trial witnesses, who are among the family members.

“However, the court ruled in favour of the teenagers,” he said.

On March 27, the teenagers were freed on bail of RM50,000 in two sureties each.

DPP Datuk Jamil Aripin said in most murder cases, which carry the death penalty, the accused would not be granted bail unless there was an exceptional reason.

Justice Kamardin Hashim, who chaired a three-man panel, adjourned the proceeding to May 10 pending further submissions by Jamil.Court of Appeal judges Justices Rhodzariah Bujang and Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah also sat on the panel.

Samirah and the teenagers 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 next day.


   

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