SHAH ALAM: The trial for the murder of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd CEO Nazrin Hassan will begin on Friday (Sept 6) at the Shah Alam High Court.
The case was initially scheduled to begin on Tuesday (Sept 3) but was postponed because the defence team is currently involved in the ongoing 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial.
DPP Wan Shahida Wan Omar had also asked for a postponement as lead prosecutor Datuk Salim Soib @ Hamid had been admitted at the National Heart Institute for treatment last week.
She requested for some time to allow Salim to recuperate following his treatment.
But judge Ab Karim Ab Rahman declined to extend the postponement and opined that there must be some urgency in carrying on with the trial.
"I am regretful Datuk Salim has been admitted at the National Heart Institute but I believe there must certainly be someone else who can conduct the case, '' he added.
Justice Ab Karim also asked both the defence and prosecution to ensure the case will move on smoothly in spite of the defence team's involvement in the 1MDB case.
Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who is also the counsel for former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the 1MDB case, leads the defence team.
Meanwhile, Wan Shahida informed the court that the prosecution would call about 60 witnesses to testify in the trial.
Only Samirah and the 14-year-old boy were in court today as the older boy was sitting for an examination.
The case will only be heard on Fridays throughout September.
The court also fixed the case to be heard from Oct 1 to Oct 4, Nov 8,15 and 29 as well as 16 days in December.
On March 12, Samirah who is also a former senior executive at Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), and two teenagers aged 14 and 17 were jointly charged with an Indonesian, Eka Wahyu Lestari who is still at large, with murdering Nazrin, 47.
The three claimed trial to committing the offence at a house at Mutiara Homes near here, between 11.30pm on June 13 and 4am on June 14 last year.
The charge under Section 302 of the Penal Code carries the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.
On March 27, the teens were released on RM50,000 bail each, with eight conditions.
Among others, they are not allowed to stay with family members who are witnesses in the case; they must be at home from 6pm until 6am every day; and they are barred from leaving the country, with their passports impounded by the court.
On May 28, the Federal Court allowed Samirah to be released on RM500,000 bail with two sureties pending trial.