Cradle Fund CEO's stepsons remanded for a week

Alfian Z.M. Tahir

The two teenage stepsons of Cradle Fund chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan have been remanded for seven days in connection with his murder. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Hasnoor Hussain, September 9, 2018.

TWO teenage stepsons of the late Cradle Fund chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan have been remanded for seven days in connection with his murder.

The boys, aged 16 and 14 years old, were arrested yesterday at 4pm at their grandfather’s house in Taman Tun Dr Ismail in Kuala Lumpur. 

A police source informed The Malaysian Insight that the Petaling Jaya Session’s court had agreed to allow police to detain the boys for a week.

“Both are remanded for a week,” the source said briefly. 

Clad in purple lock-up attire, the boys arrived at about 11.30am and were escorted by plain clothes police officers.

They were accompanied by a family member who covered his face.

A lawyer representing the boys declined to speak to reporters when approached. Neither were reporters allowed to enter the courtroom during the proceedings.

Meanwhile, Samirah Muzaffar – the mother of the two boys – will know tomorrow if her remand order is to be extended.

Selangor CID chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat said police will decide tomorrow if they will seek an extension to her remand order.

“It will be based on our investigation. If needed, we will have to seek to extend it,” he explained.

She has been under police custody for a week.

Her former husband who was also arrested was released on Friday.

On Wednesday, the two secondary schoolboys were reportedly picked up by police for questioning and later released.

Selangor police chief Mazlan Mansor and state CID chief Fadzil Ahmat, however, refused to confirm this.

They say that to date, only two suspects – Nazrin’s widow and her ex-husband – were picked up to facilitate murder investigations.

“I am not saying anything but only that two have been arrested so far,” they said.

It was reported that Nazrin had injuries to the neck, believed to have been caused by an arrow. The two boys are said to practise archery.

Nazrin was found dead after his bedroom at a double-storey terrace house in Mutiara Damansara caught fire on June 14, the day before Hari Raya.

His family had said then that his handphone had exploded, causing the fire. Cradle Fund also issued a statement saying that its CEO died from blast injuries attributed to an exploding handphone that was being charged next to the bed.

Last month, however, Selangor police classified the case as murder after investigators found traces of petrol in the room.

Nazrin obtained a Bachelor of Law (LL.B Hons) from the University of Buckingham in the United Kingdom in 1994. He was also an executive committee member of the United Kingdom Executive Council for Malaysian Students.

His 43-year-old widow is a senior executive at the Malaysian Intellectual Property Corporation. – September 9, 2018.

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