The High Court in Shah Alam yesterday ordered the release of a married couple who was remanded for investigation into the death of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd CEO Nazrin Hassan in a fire in June this year.
Judge Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman made the order after allowing an application by lawyer LS Leonard, representing the couple, who is the late Nazrin’s sister-in-law and her husband, against the four-day remand order issued by Petling Jaya (PJ) Magistrate’s Court assistant registrar Hairul Azhar Mohd Ishak last Monday.
The remand order against the woman and her husband, aged 39 and 41 respectively, was supposed to expire today.
In his decision, Ab Karim said the four-day remand against the couple was too long and the police did not provide strong grounds to detain them.
“To remand them for that period, there has to be relevant and solid grounds. Any further action, as stated in the grounds given by the police to remand the couple, can be done without the presence of the suspects,” he added.
“As such, the application for a review against the remand order issued by the PJ Magistrate’s Court (assistant) registrar is revised and both of them (suspects) are ordered to be released after office hour at 5pm today,” he added.
Earlier, Leonard submitted that there was no necessity for both his clients to be held in remand since they had cooperated with the police, who had also recorded their statements.
“Among the grounds given by the police to remand my clients is to investigate whether they were responsible for spreading the message that said the late Nazrin’s death was due to handphone explosion, when they (police) knew that it was not them who did it,” said Leonard, who was assisted by lawyer Hisyam Teh Poh Teik.
The prosecution, conducted by deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Nazneen Zulkifli, submitted that the decision by the Magistrate’s Court in issuing the four-day remand order against the married couple was valid and in line with Section 117 of the Criminal Procedure Code.
Prior to this, the police had also detained the late Nazrin’s wife, her ex-husband and the deceased’s two step-sons to facilitate investigation of the case.
Nazrin, who died in a fire at his home on June 14, was found with 30% burn marks on the upper floor of his double-storey house.
The police have, however, reclassified the case as murder under Section 302 of the Penal Code following a forensic investigation by the Fire
and Rescue Department. — Bernama