Samirah Muzaffar, 43, today pled not guilty to murdering her husband and Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan last June – eight days after she was charged.
“I did not do it,” Samirah, who was represented by prominent lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, told High Court judge Ab Karim Ab Rahman.
Samirah, a former senior executive at Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), is the daughter of prominent Malaysian political scientist Chandra Muzaffar.
Two juveniles under age 18 similarly charged under Section 302 read together with Section 34 of the Penal Code also claimed trial. The duo cannot be named or identified in any way by order of the court.
Karim scheduled management of their case for April 11, after which a hearing date will be decided.
“We will wait for the lawyers to submit the documents and then we will fix a hearing date after that,” the judge was quoted saying during the recording of the plea at the High Court in Shah Alam, Selangor.
The trio was charged together with an Indonesian woman still at large – Eka Wahyu Lestari – with murdering Nazrin at a Mutiara Damansara house between 11.30pm on June 13, 2018, and 4am on June 14, 2018.
Earlier, deputy public prosecutor Zain Ibrahim informed the court that 75 people were questioned during the investigation into Nazrin’s death.
But he said it could not be confirmed how many of them would be called as witnesses.
Meanwhile, the lawyer for one of the teenagers accused of murdering Nazrin today claimed that the boy was sexually and physically assaulted while in detention.
Lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik, representing the 16-year-old and his 13-year-old brother, told the court that the boy had said he was abused by fellow inmates at the detention centre in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur.
“We have filed bail applications for them,” he said.
“We hope in the meantime, the court can make an order for him to be sent to another detention centre in Puncak Alam, where he can be with his brother.”
He added that the boy is ready to give evidence on the alleged assaults.
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