Family, friends protest police treatment of Cradle CEO’s stepsons

Family members and friends of Cradle CEO Nazrin Hassan’s stepsons gather at the Petaling Jaya court complex.

PETALING JAYA: About 30 family members and friends of Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan’s stepsons have gathered at the Petaling Jaya court complex here to protest the arrest of the two boys in connection with his death.

Activist Hartini Zainuddin from NGO Voice of the Children said the manner in which the boys were handcuffed and dressed in prison attire was against the United Nations’ code for the treatment of minors.

“There’s no need to humiliate them,” she said. “I am here because I heard there were violations.

“Unicef made recommendations 12 years ago in its report on juvenile justice. The recommendations stated that there should be no handcuffs and no prison clothes,” she added, pointing out that the boys were still children.

Police confirmed yesterday that Nazrin’s stepsons, aged 14 and 17, were picked up in Kuala Lumpur.

They were the latest to be detained following Nazrin’s death in June.

They are expected to be brought to the Magistrate’s Court here later for a seven-day remand order.

Police will also apply to extend the remand order on their mother, Samirah Muzaffar, tomorrow.

Samirah, 43, was remanded for seven days following her arrest last Monday.

Her first husband, who was also arrested on Monday, was released on Friday.

Nazrin, 45, is said to have suffered a puncture wound to his head, believed to have been caused by an archery arrow.

His stepsons were arrested after the police learned that both they and their mother possessed archery skills.