PUTRAJAYA: Samirah Muzaffar, who is accused of murdering her husband, Cradle Fund chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan, has been denied bail again pending trial.
Her application to be released on bail pending trial on Sept 3 was unanimously dismissed by the Court of Appeal’s three-member bench comprising Justices Datuk Kamardin Hashim, Datuk Rhodzariah Bujang and Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah.
“We are not persuaded that the learned judge (High Court judge) had committed an error in exercising his discretion not to allow bail,” said Justice Kamardin, who chaired the bench yesterday.
Samirah, 44, a former senior executive at Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia; two teenagers aged between 14 and 17; and Indonesian national Eka Wahyu Lestari, who is still at large, were all charged with the murder of Nazrin, 47.
They are alleged to have committed the offence at a house in Mutiara Homes, Mutiara Damansara, between 11.30pm on June 13, and 4am on June 14 last year.
The charge, under Section 302 of the Penal Code and read together with Section 34 of the same code, provides for the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
On March 27 this year, a High Court in Shah Alam granted bail of RM50,000 in two sureties each to the two teenage boys.
Meanwhile, Samirah filed a fresh application for bail at the Court of Appeal after her first bail application was rejected by the High Court on April 11.
Her counsel Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah told the court that he would bring the matter to the Federal Court and requested the court to write a judgment.
Earlier, the court heard submissions by Deputy Public Prosecutor Datuk Jamil Aripin, who argued that if Samirah was given bail, it might prejudice the prosecution’s case as there could be a possibility of tampering of witnesses.
The court had heard the matter on April 26 and the hearing resumed yesterday.
Jamil also dismissed Shafee’s argument that there was no motive for Nazrin’s murder, adding that the prosecution would adduce evidence at the trial to show that there was motive.
Shafee submitted that there were special circumstances to grant bail to Samirah and the court could exercise its discretion to do so for capital offences. — Bernama