Court rules no bail ahead of trial for widow of Cradle Fund CEO

Samirah Muzaffar is accused of murdering her husband, Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan.

SHAH ALAM: The High Court here has denied bail for Samirah Muzaffar, the widow of Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan who is awaiting trial for murder.

Judge Ab Karim Ab Rahman said Samirah had failed to show the court why she should be granted bail.

“She complained that she could not prepare her defence for the murder case while in detention.

“However, she can still see her lawyers in prison each week, although she is subject to prison regulations,” he said.

He then set Sept 3 to 15 and Sept 23 to Oct 4 for hearing of the murder case.

Samirah’s lawyer, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, said they would file an appeal on the decision to deny her bail.

He earlier argued that the prison officers had removed certain parts of her letters to her lawyers to prepare for her defence and give instructions on her case.

“This is a serious breach of her fundamental right to seek legal advice,” he said.

However, deputy public prosecutor Zain Ibrahim said the officers were exercising their discretion in removing such content.

“She is allowed to meet her lawyers and give them instructions when she meets them in prison,” he said.

Samirah was accused along with two teenagers of killing Nazrin at their home in Mutiara Damansara in June last year.

The youths, aged 14 and 17, were freed last month on bail of RM50,000 each.

Nazrin’s case was initially classified as sudden death. However, police reclassified it as murder after investigations found traces of gasoline at the scene.