Cradle fund murder trial: Nazrin's widow filed objection to his EPF nominee two weeks after his death, court told

The late Nazrin Hassan.

SHAH ALAM (Bernama): The High Court was told that Samirah Muzaffar, the widow of Cradle Fund chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan, filed an objection to the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) over his nominee two weeks after his death.

EPF account officer Noor Hafizah Osman, 36, who was attached to the withdrawal operations management division in 2018, said based on EPF records, the nominee named for Nazrin's contribution was Eza Shafina Dzulkarnain, 47, as submitted by the deceased on Jan 13, 2011.

"On June 28, 2018, EPF received a nomination objection from the deceased's wife, Samirah Muzaffar, at the Kuala Lumpur EPF branch. On that date, Samirah submitted a letter of protest in her name and signed it herself," she said on Wednesday (March 17).

The 45th prosecution witness said this when reading out her witness statement while testifying at the trial of Samirah, 46, and two teenagers, now aged 19 and 16, as well as an Indonesian woman, Eka Wahyu Lestari, who is still at large, all charged with murdering Nazrin at a house in Mutiara Damansara, between 11.30pm on June 13, 2018 and 4am the following day.

Noor Hafizah said Samirah in the objection had requested that her husband's EPF account be frozen as she was in the process of obtaining a faraid certificate from the Syariah Court.

She said following the objection, the EPF had on July 6, 2018 issued a letter to Samirah recommending that she file an originating summons at the High Court and to obtain an injunction within 21 working days, if she wanted to object to the payment of the deceased's contribution to Eza Shafina.

"However, the EPF was not issued any originating summons or an injunction order from Samirah until we were informed that Nazrin's death was being investigated as a murder case," the witness said.

When cross-examined by lawyer LS Leonard, the witness said she often received objections to EPF nominations from the next-of-kin, as filed by Samirah.

"This is quite common," she said.

The trial before Judge Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman continues on Monday (March 22). – Bernama

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