60 witnesses to take stand in murder trial of Cradle Fund boss

Samirah Muzaffar has been charged with the murder of her husband Nazrin Hassan.

SHAH ALAM: The murder trial of Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan will begin this Friday in the High Court here, with the prosecution expected to call about 60 witnesses to the stand.

Judge Ab Karim Ab Rahman said the trial dates were fixed after the prosecution and defence agreed to conduct proceedings between Friday and Dec 31.

Nazrin’s widow Samirah Muzaffar, 44, two teenage boys aged 17 and 14, as well as an Indonesian, Eka Wahyu Lestari, who is still at large, were charged with his murder at a home in the Mutiara Homes neighbourhood between 11.30pm on June 13, 2018 and 4am the following day.

The court had earlier fixed Sept 3 for the start of the trial but Samirah’s lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah had requested an adjournment due his involvement in the 1MDB trial of former prime minister Najib Razak.

During the case mention today, Karim denied a request from deputy public prosecutor Wan Shahida Wan Omar to postpone Friday’s trial because lead prosecutor Salim [email protected] is recovering from treatment at the National Heart Institute (IJN).

Karim urged the prosecution to arrange for another prosecutor to take over in the interest of concluding the trial urgently.