Cradle CEO’s Wife, Ex-Husband Arrested over Murder Investigation

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The wife of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan, who died in an apparent mobile phone explosion in his room, along with her ex-husband has been remanded for seven days to assist investigations.

Police reclassified the probe as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code on Aug 3, following a forensic investigation report by the Fire and Rescue Department, which cited suspected foul play in the death.

Nazrin was found dead after being trapped in a fire on the upper floor of his house in Mutiara Damansara on June 14, with burnt marks on 30 percent of his body.

It was reported that traces of petrol were found in the deceased’s room following a lab report by the department.

Bernama reported the remand of Nazrin’s wife Samirah Muzaffar in a tweet today.

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A senior executive at the Malaysian Intellectual Property Corporation, Samirah had criticised the authorities over the handling of the incident.

She said that she had been writing to the Fire and Rescue Department requesting for updates, but was told that the report by the department could not be given to her because Nazrin’s death was a high-profile case.

In a statement on Aug 14, she added that she also wanted information on certain missing items and personal belongings of Nazrin, which have not been seen since the incident.

Samirah also alleged that the Fire and Rescue Department had made claims which are patently untrue, particularly that it had taken control of the premises, specifically the room where Nazrin’s death occurred, from June 14 to 19.

She said that after 5pm on June 14 itself, the family was informed that it could access the room, as well as clean the said room.

“And yet, the Fire Department produced a letter on June 19 which was backdated to the June 14. Acts of this sort which transgress established procedures erode our confidence in the authorities,” she said in her statement.

She also said that she had lodged police reports pertaining to the investigations and missing items since June.

It was reported that police arrested the two individuals in the wee hours of Tuesday.

“We picked up a 43-year-old man at Sepang at around 1am.

“About an hour later we arrested the 43-year-old woman at Taman Tun Dr Ismail,” Selangor CID chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat told The Star.

Fadzil had said in a statement last month that traces of petrol were found in Nazrin’s room.

“The case is being investigated for murder.

“We were alerted by the Fire and Rescue Department after lab results showed traces of petrol on his head, bedframe, and mattress, as well as on his handphone,” Fadzil had said.

Nazrin’s family had said his handphone exploded, causing the fire, but this was dismissed by Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director Azmi Osman, who said it was premature to speculate that the phone was the cause.

Cradle had issued a statement saying Nazrin died from blast injuries attributed to an exploding handphone that was being charged next to him.

Earlier reports:

Aug 14, Wife of Slain Cradle CEO Slams Probe, Disputes Police Claim of Murder

Aug 6, Death of Cradle Chief in Fire Reclassified as Murder

Jun 15, Mobile Phone Explosion Blamed for Death of Cradle Fund CEO

Jun 14, Start-Up Fund Cradle CEO Dies in Home Fire