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Widow of Cradle Fund CEO makes fresh bid for bail

Lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah at the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya today.

PUTRAJAYA: The widow of Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan made a fresh bid for bail today, telling the Court of Appeal that she is willing to submit to strict bail conditions while awaiting trial.

Samirah Muzaffar’s lawyer, Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, said his client only wanted to be with her four children, two of whom are below the age of four.

“It is okay for her if she has to stay in her house all the time and report to the police station every day as part of the conditions,” he said in urging the court to grant Samirah bail.

Samirah and two teenagers are accused of murdering Nazrin on June 14, 2018, at their home in Mutiara Damansara.

Samirah was placed in detention after being charged in the Magistrate’s Court on March 4.

Earlier this month, the Shah Alam High Court rejected her application for bail on grounds that she had failed to show why she should be allowed bail for a murder charge which carries the death penalty.

Her trial is scheduled to start on Sept 3.

Shafee told the court today that the judge was being “inconsistent” in dealing with the bail applications by Samirah and the two boys.

“She was denied bail because the lower court ruled that there may be tampering with the trial witnesses, who are among the family members.

“However, the court ruled in favour of the teenagers,” he said, noting that they had been freed on bail of RM50,000 each.

Shafee said Samirah was only taken to court to face the murder charge 10 months after her husband’s death.

“Before that, she was remanded and freed on police bail. She never skipped police bail throughout the two-month period,” he added.

Deputy public prosecutor Jamil Aripin said the appeals court should not interfere with the decision of the High Court.

“There was no error in the judge exercising his discretion to deny bail,” he said.

The Court of Appeal panel, led by Kamardin Hashim, adjourned the hearing to May 10 pending further submissions by Jamil.

Other judges on the panel were Rhodzariah Bujang and Mohamad Zabidin Diah.

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

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