KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Prison Department today denied claims by lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah that his client, Samirah Muzaffar, the widow of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan, is being detained in a dark and isolated room.
The department’s prison policy director, Nordin Muhamad, said Samirah is placed alone in a room next to that of the duty officer at the Kajang Women’s Prison.
“(The placement of Samirah in the room) is based on the category and control requirements in line with the categorisation of prisoners under the Prison Rules 2000.
“Checks by the Prison Headquarters also found that the lights in her room were not damaged,” he said in a statement.
On Tuesday, Samirah, 44, and two boys aged 17 and 14, pleaded not guilty in the Shah Alam High Court on the charge of killing Nazrin in June last year.
Nordin said that prisons in Malaysia did not have dark rooms, and all rooms or cells had windows with iron bars to allow light and air to enter.
“The rooms and cells are suitable in terms of floor size, ventilation and lighting as well as facilities provided.
“This includes checks and confirmation that a particular room or cell is fit for use by medical officers before it can be used,” he said.
Nordin also said Samirah had never submitted any request for a notebook and pencil.
“She admitted to being a little confused over the rules of stationery in the prison, and an explanation was provided to her.
“She was then provided with stationery for writing under the supervision of prison officials,” he said.
He said the department always strived to meet the needs of the prisoners, and at the same time, encouraged prisoners to always comply with laws and regulations.
Shafee had filed a complaint that his client had been placed in a dark and isolated room at the Kajang Prison and was not given a pencil and notebook to make notes regarding the case.