Samira Muzaffar, sensationally charged with the murder of her husband, popular Kuala Lumpur start-up figure Nazrin Hassan, after allegedly trying to frame a mobile phone in his death, has been released on bail to the tune of RM500,000 (US$125,000), and two sureties, in the lead-up to her trial.
Under arrest since March of this year, when both she, her two teenage sons, and their still at-large Indonesian maid, were all charged in connection with his death, Samirah will have to surrender her passport, and check into a police station every two weeks.
Forty-four-year-old Samirah, sporting a new look from the dock since her incarceration, is also bound to her home between 6pm in the evening and 8am the following morning, cannot go to public places, nor attend public functions, save for family gatherings and religious matters. She cannot leave the Kuala Lumpur and suburban Petaling Jaya area.
A presiding judge ruled that the defendant was not at risk of witness tampering, and had young children at home to care for while awaiting her day in court.
Samirah’s murder trial is set to start September 3.
On June 14, 2018, Nazrin was found dead in his family home in Mutiara Damansara. Initially, his family claimed that he had perished after a mobile phone exploded, causing a fire in his room.
Police would later reclassify the case as murder, claiming that traces of petrol were found on the body, and a second postmortem is said to have concluded Nazrin died from head injuries.
In the months leading to his death, the CEO had reportedly received death threats.
Samirah has previously, and strenuously, denied any claims of wrong-doing.