An elder sibling of Cradle Fund chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan told the Shah Alam High Court that he informed the police about a death threat his brother received before his passing in June 2018.
The 19th prosecution witness in Nazrin’s murder trial, Dr Malek Reedzwan Hassan, said this was because he was confident that the police would get to the bottom of the case.
Malek said he was made aware of the death threat through Nazrin’s personal assistant, whom he knew as Anis.
“My job was to dig for information for my own personal consumption and was I confident the police would also be investigating the case deeper.
“I met Anis as I wanted to find out about possible things that could have led to (Nazrin’s) death. That was on my own initiative,” he said when replying to questions from deputy public prosecutor Ashyraf Ashy’ari Kamaruzaman in the trial presided by judge Ab Karim Ab Rahman.
Ashyraf Ashy’ari also asked Malek why he was curious about events that took place before Nazrin’s alleged murder, to which he replied: “When the death (looked) suspicious, without any illness involved, there is a longing to know what really happened.”
Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, who is representing Nazrin’s wife, Samirah Muzaffar, then asked Malek about his relationship with his younger brother.
Shafee: Throughout Nazrin’s life, your relationship with him was not good, although you claim to meet him once annually. Have you been to his house?
Malek: I do not agree, and I have never been to Nazrin’s house.
Shafee: There have been a few incidents to show your relationship with Nazrin was not good at all. For instance, when you were at the hospital that conducted Nazrin’s post-mortem, you got angry after not being allowed to snap photographs of his body. True?
Shafee: You wanted to take photographs of his charred body for memories? This despite Dr Aziz (Dr Abdul Aziz Hassan, another older brother of Nazrin’s) also not being able to take pictures after Samirah disallowed him from doing so?
Malek: Yes, for memories.
Shafee: And, because you could not snap pictures, you became so angry that you went straight home to Johor Baru and missed your own brother’s funeral prayers and burial?
Shafee: That was very unbecoming of an older brother. You are supposed to pray for him and help in the funeral arrangements. I am now putting to you that those are not the traits of a responsible brother. Agree?
Malek: I don’t agree.
Meanwhile, Ashyraf Ashy’ari also touched on Malek’s state of anger and decision to return to Johor Baru after he was stopped from snapping the photographs and also missing Nazrin’s funeral.
The witness, however, insisted that it was only for memories as his brother.
“I am a person who is always learning in life. Although we can be intelligent and good-looking, but we can end up (dying) like that. (So) why can’t I snap the pictures? It’s not as if I wanted to post them on social media. It was for my personal collection. To avoid a fight during a time of anger, the best thing to do was to return home,” he said.
Samirah, 44, a former senior executive at the Perbadanan Harta Intelek Malaysia, and two of her teenage sons aged 17 and 14 have been charged, alongside an Indonesian national, Eka Wahyu Lestari, who is still at large, with Nazrin’s murder.
They allegedly committed the offence at their house in Mutiara Homes, Mutiara Damansara, between 11.30pm on June 13, 2018 and 4am on June 14, 2018.
The hearing continues on May 8.