Cops nab wife of Cradle CEO and her ex-husband for murder probe

Thasha Jayamanogaran

Police have arrested Samirah Muzaffar (right) to assist in the investigation into her husband Nazrin Hassan’s death. — Picture via Facebook/Nazrin Hassan

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 — Samirah Muzaffar, the wife of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd CEO Nazrin Hassan, was arrested early this morning for a murder investigation into his fiery death on June 14.

Selangor Criminal Investigations chief Senior Assistant Commissioner Fadzil Ahmat also confirmed that Samirah’s first husband was also arrested today, adding that both will be remanded for seven days, starting today.

“We arrested the 43-year-old ex-husband to Nazrin’s wife at 1am in Sepang.

“Following his arrest, we picked up Nazrin’s 43-year-old wife from Taman Tun Dr Ismail at 2.15am today,” said Fadzil.

Nazrin’s death was reclassified from sudden death to murder on August 3, following laboratory test results from the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department that showed foul play.

The results showed traces of petrol in Nazrin’s room on the top floor of a double-storey semi-detached house in Mutiara Damansara, resulting in the fire.

Malay Mail reported on August 6 that a police source revealed the lab results showed traces of petrol on Nazrin’s head, bedframe and mattress, as well as his handphone.

On June 20, Selangor Fire and Rescue Department director Azmi Osman also told Malay Mail that his investigators did not conclude or even suggest that an exploding handphone killed Nazrin as the family had claimed.

Azmi had said it was premature to conclude that the fire was caused by an exploding handphone.

According to results of the preliminary investigation of the Fire and Rescue Department, Nazrin, who was 45, likely died of smoke inhalation. He also suffered burns to 30 per cent of his body.

Police were not roped in at the time as the Fire and Rescue Department was still studying the fire’s pattern for laboratory submissions and further analysis.

Nazrin is Samirah’s second husband. The couple has four children.

Following the incident, Cradle issued a statement asserting that Nazrin died from blast injuries attributed to an exploding handphone that was being charged next to him.

The message from Nazrin’s family included other unverified details, such as that Nazrin’s device overheated and exploded, causing blunt force trauma to the back of Nazrin’s head, killing him.

The message also alleged that Nazrin was dead before his bed caught fire, partially burning his body.

Cradle is a firm under the Ministry of Finance, which oversees the development of tech entrepreneurs and the Malaysian start-up ecosystem.

It was the agency that provided seed funding to firms such as ride-hailing provider Grab (previously MyTeksi) and fintech start-up iMoney.

The incident took place on June 14, a day before Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations.

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