Murder trial of Cradle Fund CEO to begin tomorrow


SHAH ALAM: The murder trial of the late Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd CEO Nazrin Hassan will begin tomorrow at the Shah Alam High Court. The case will only be heard on Fridays throughout September.

The court also fixed the case to be heard from Oct 1 to 4, Nov 8, 15 and 29 as well as 16 days in December.

The case was initially scheduled to begin on Tues this week but was postponed because both the defence and prosecution were indisposed.

The defence team was also involved in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) trial, which is currently ongoing.

The prosecution’s lead counsel, meanwhile was ill and hospitalised.

DPP Wan Shahida Wan Omar had also asked for a postponement tomorrow as lead prosecutor Datuk Salim Soib @ Hamid had been admitted at the National Heart Institute for treatment last week.

But judge Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman opined that there must be some urgency in carrying on with the trial.

“I regret 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 said.

Justice Ab Karim also asked both the defence and prosecution to ensure the case moved on smoothly in spite of the defence team’s involvement in the 1MDB trial.

Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who is also the counsel for former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in the 1MDB trial, leads the defence team.

Meanwhile, Wan Shahida informed the court that the prosecution would call about 60 witnesses to testify in the trial.

In the dock are Nazrin’s widow Samirah Muzaffar, 44, and two teenagers aged 14 and 17.

Only Samirah and the 14-year-old boy were in court today as the older boy is sitting for an examination.

Samirah, the two teenagers and Indonesian national Eka Wahyu Lestari, who is still at large, are accused of murdering Nazrin, 47, at a house in Mutiara Damansara, between 11.30pm on June 13, 2018, and 4am on June 14, 2018.

They were charged under Section 302 of the Penal Code read together with Section 34 of the same code, which comes with the mandatory death sentence upon conviction.

The two boys were granted bail of RM50,000 with two sureties by the Shah Alam High Court in March while the Federal Court allowed Samirah bail of RM500,000 with two sureties in May.

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