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Thursday, June 23, 2022

Cradle Fund murder trial: AGC files appeal over verdict


KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney General's Chambers (AGC) has filed a notice of appeal to reverse the High Court's decision to acquit Samirah Muzaffar and two teenagers from the charge of murdering Cradle Fund chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan.

Attorney General Tan Sri Idrus Harun confirmed the matter when contacted.

"We are appealing against the decision of the High Court," he told Bernama via WhatsApp.

Meanwhile, Deputy Public Prosecutor Tengku Intan Suraya Tengku Ismail said the notice of appeal was filed on Wednesday through efiling.

The prosecution had 14 days to file a notice of appeal to have the Court of Appeal overturn the High Court’s verdict.

On June 21, Shah Alam High Court Judge Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman freed Samirah, 47, and two teenagers, now aged 19 and 16, from the charge of murdering Nazrin, 45, after finding that the prosecution had failed to establish a prima facie case at the end of their case against the trio.

In his ruling, Ab Karim held that the evidence that Samirah and the two teenagers were the last people with the deceased, cannot be said to lead to the offence of murdering Nazrin.

The judge also ruled there was no direct evidence to show that the three of them committed the murder.

Samirah and the two teenagers as well as an Indonesian woman, Eka Wahyu Lestari, who is still at large, were charged with murdering Nazrin at his house in Mutiara Damansara, between 11.30pm on June 13, 2018, and 4am the following day. – Bernama

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