Two teenagers in police remand for seven days in Cradle CEO murder investigation

Nazrin Hassan, Cradle CEO
Nazrin Hassan, Cradle CEO

Can we still call it a plot twist, when yet another turn is taken in the investigation into the death of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd CEO Nazrin Hassan?

Two teenagers have been taken into police custody, and will be in remand for seven days, while investigators look into the unresolved circumstances of Nazrin’s death. Local media outlets have not specified whether the two teens are the same ones that made headlines days earlier.


Last week, we reported that not only were his wife, and her first husband, taken into police remand while they investigated his death as murder, but her two teenage sons from that marriage were hauled in as well. Reports at the time indicated that the victim was found with arrow wounds on his neck, and that the two boys were archery enthusiasts.

No sooner had news broken that Selangor police hastily organized a press conference, stipulating that the two boys were not in their custody. However, Malay Mail had an inside source tell them that while the boys were technically no longer in custody, they had visited the station for questioning and then released.

Yesterday, two teens were captured entering a Petaling Jaya courthouse at 11:30am, wearing lock-up attire. Nearby family tried to protect the faces of the minors, who are aged 14 and 16.

Pictures and videos of under-aged suspects in handcuffs are banned under the Child Act 2001.

We’ll keep you posted on any more turns that the case takes.

Found dead after being trapped in a fire in an upstairs room of his Mutiara Damansara house, Nazrin’s widely mourned death had initially been reported as due to the blunt-force trauma and subsequent fire caused by an exploding mobile phone, with even his former company issuing a statement confirming as much.

However, in August Selangor Fire and Rescue issued a statement refuting such claims, clarifying that at no time did they conclude, or suggest this in their investigations. They added that the suggestion of a phone causing his death had come from the victim’s family.

Authorities went on to say that lab results taken from the scene of the crime suggest that foul play was at hand, after traces of petrol were found in various spots of the bedroom where Nazrin was found.

Speaking to Malay Mail, an inside source revealed that petrol was found on the victim’s head, along the bed-frame, the mattress, as well as his mobile phone. Police then began to investigate the case as murder.

Shortly after police spoke new developments in the case, Samirah Muzaffar released a lengthy statement to the media, contradicting the claims that were made as inconsistent with the findings of her husband’s post-mortem, and also alleging that investigators largely kept her in the dark.

Outlining that forensic doctors at Kuala Lumpur Hospital confirmed that Nazrin sustained severe, blunt injuries to his head, she wrote that several smaller ones across his face, neck, chest, left shoulder, and to the back of his left hand were also logged – all of which were consistent with the effects of shrapnel injuries (alluding to original claims that he had died due to an exploding mobile phone).

The detailed report went on to conclude that her husband died from the severity of his injuries. There are no mentions of petrol traces found on his head, nor was he on any medication at the time – two claims that have been floated since his death.

Saying that she and her family have been cooperative with officials, she wrote that they had not been forthcoming with updates, nor had they returned certain personal belongings that were missing after the incident.

Concluding that her husband lived a life of integrity and transparency, she asks that the investigations into his death be conducted in consistency with these principles.

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