The story of the tragic death of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd CEO, Nazrin Hassan, has had taken another unexpected unexpected development, with The Malaysian Insight reporting that he had received a death threat via phone in the months leading up to his sudden passing.
Nazrin was shaken up enough by the incident to lodge a police report on the matter; however, after police investigated the situation they discovered that the call had come from “a close relative” of his. Without elaborating who that person was, the online portal wrote that the CEO then withdrew the report.
Initially believed to have been an accident involving an exploding mobile phone and subsequent fire, police later launched a murder inquiry after traces of petrol were allegedly found on the victim’s body.
The Cradle CEO’s June 14 death shocked the start-up community, where Nazrin was a much-loved figure. Police reclassified the case as murder in August, and later arrested Nazrin’s wife, her first husband, their two teen sons for questioning, as well as the victim’s brother-in-law and sister-in-law. All parties were later released without charge.
Twists and turns in the case have kept it in the headlines over the last few months, which each development proving to be more surprising than the last. However, police have yet to divulge details regarding why Nazrin’s widow, Samirah Muzaffar, and her family have been arrested, nor what the motive would have been if it were indeed a murder.
In response to the sensationalized headlines, Samirah wrote a lengthy statement in August to the media and public, maintaining that initial autopsy reports were consistent with injuries sustained from an exploding phone, and asking for transparency in the case’s investigations.