Teen accused of Cradle CEO’s murder assaulted in detention, say lawyers

Lawyer Hisyam Teh, who is representing a 16-year-old accused of murder in the case of Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan.

SHAH ALAM: The lawyers for a teenager accused of murdering Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan today claimed that the boy was sexually and physically assaulted while in detention.

Hisyam Teh, representing the 16-year-old and his 13-year-old brother, told High Court judge Ab Karim Ab Rahman that the boy had said he was abused by fellow inmates at the detention centre in Sentul, Kuala Lumpur.

“We have filed bail applications for them,” he said. “We hope in the meantime, the court can make an order for him to be sent to another detention centre in Puncak Alam, where he can be with his brother.”

He added that the boy is ready to give evidence on the alleged assaults.

Ab Karim said the lawyers should file applications if they wish to move the teenagers to another detention centre and seek bail pending their trial.

But Salim Bashir, who also represented the youths, said the court had the power to order that they be moved to another centre.

“We are dealing with children here, and they must be protected,” he said.

Deputy public prosecutor Jamil Aripin told the court that prosecutors would speak to the warden on the alleged assaults, adding that a police report should be lodged.

Speaking to reporters after the case mention, Hisyam said the boys’ father would lodge a police report on the matter.

“We are waiting for the court to give us a date to hear our application for bail. We hope it can be done by Friday,” he said.

Lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, representing Nazrin’s widow, Samirah Muzaffar, who is also accused of his murder, said they would ask the court to allow her bail.

He acknowledged provisions in the Criminal Procedure Code which forbid bail for murder offences, but said the court could impose certain conditions such as Samirah reporting herself to the police station on a regular basis.

He cited a previous case in which a High Court had allowed bail for his former client, lawyer Balwant Singh, who was also accused of murder.

Earlier, he told the High Court that Samirah was taken to a “dark room” in Kajang prison after a visit by her lawyers on Saturday.

“She was not given pencil or paper to write down notes in defence of her case,” he said. “I hope the prosecution can look into this.”

Deputy public prosecutor Zain Ibrahim said they would inform the Prison Department of the matter, adding however that Samirah is subject to prison regulations.