Widow of Cradle Fund CEO fails to stop exhumation

Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd CEO Nazrin Hassan. (Bernama pic)

PUTRAJAYA: Samirah Muzaffar, the widow of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd CEO Nazrin Hassan, today failed in her final bid to prevent the police from exhuming her husband’s body for a second post-mortem.

A three-member Court of Appeal bench led by Mohtarudin Baki said there was no merit in her application.

“We still stick to the High Court order,” said Mohtarudin who sat with Abdul Karim Abdul Jalil and Rhodzariah Bujang.

The bench added however that a forensic pathologist appointed by Samirah could be present during the second post-mortem as long as there was no hindrance to the police investigation.

Last Friday, Samirah filed an application to obtain leave to challenge the High Court decision allowing the police to exhume Nazrin’s body today.

She disputed the order by magistrate Nor Ariffin Hisham, claiming he had applied the wrong provision under the Criminal Procedure Code.

Selangor Criminal Investigation Department chief Fadzil Ahmat said his officers applied for an order to exhume Nazrin’s remains after the late CEO’s brother lodged a police report last week.

He said Nazrin’s family was not satisfied with the pathologist’s report from the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

Six individuals – Nazrin’s widow, her ex-husband, Nazrin’s two stepsons, his sister-in-law and her husband – have been remanded so far in investigations into his death.

They were all subsequently freed.

Nazrin’s death, originally classified as sudden death, was re-designated as murder after a forensic report from the fire department said traces of gasoline were found at the scene.

Nazrin was found dead after a fire broke out at his Mutiara Damansara home on June 14.