After 6 months, Cradle CEO’s death remains a mystery

The remains of Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan was exhumed in October for a second post-mortem. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The mysterious death of former Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd CEO Nazrin Hassan on June 14 this year has yet to be solved, leading to various speculations.

Nazrin, 48, was initially reported to have died after a mobile phone exploded while it was being charged near his bed. He was believed to have been sleeping in his bedroom at his house in Mutiara Damansara, Petaling Jaya.

An investigation by the Fire and Rescue Department (FRD), however, pointed towards foul play.

On Aug 3, Selangor CID chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat said Nazrin’s death was reclassified as murder.

On Aug 15, Nazrin’s widow criticised investigators, claiming they were not transparent and accusing the FRD of making false claims.

On Sept 4, police arrested the 43-year-old woman and her ex-husband to assist with investigations.

On Sept 8, two teenagers aged 14 and 16, who are also Nazrin’s stepchildren, were arrested to assist with investigations.

It was learned that the two were arrested after the forensic team discovered two puncture wounds consistent with those made by arrows.

Nazrin’s stepchildren are said to be skilled archers.

On Sept 23, police arrested Nazrin’s wife’s younger sister, 39, along with the latter’s 41-year-old husband in Taman Tun Dr Ismail.

All of them were later released.

On Oct 8, Nazrin’s remains were exhumed from the Muslim Cemetery in Section 9, Kota Damansara, and taken to PPUM for a second post-mortem after the Putrajaya Court of Appeal rejected his widow’s application to postpone the process.

The Petaling Jaya Magistrate’s Court had on Oct 1 allowed police to exhume the remains for a second post-mortem. His remains were re-buried on Oct 15.

On Nov 10, the police said they were still waiting for Nazrin’s second post-mortem report before taking further action.

Three months prior to his death, Nazrin had lodged four police reports including that of death threats made against him, but he later withdrew all the reports.

Police investigations found that the threat was allegedly made by one of Nazrin’s close relatives in a telephone call.