Police looking into lock-up sex assault claim by teen charged with murdering Cradle CEO

IGP Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun speaks during a press conference at Pulapol in Kuala Lumpur March 13, 2019. ― Picture by Firdaus Latif
IGP Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun speaks during a press conference at Pulapol in Kuala Lumpur March 13, 2019. ― Picture by Firdaus Latif

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — An investigation is underway into the sexual and physical assault allegations while in police custody made by one of two juveniles charged with the murder of Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the claim is being investigated under Sexual Offences Against Children Act 2017 and Section 323 of the Penal Code for voluntarily causing hurt.

“We have opened investigation papers and so far no suspects were picked up,” he told reporters after attending the handover duties ceremony of Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department director and presenting the Pingat Jasa Pahlawan Negara medals to 93 senior officers at the Police Training Centre here.

Lawyer Hisyam Teh representing the two juveniles in the murder of Nazrin told the court yesterday that one of his clients had complained of being assaulted physically and sexually by other detainees while at a probation hostel in Sentul.

Hisyam said the boys’ father lodged a police report on the matter and said the boy is ready to give evidence on the alleged assaults.

The lawyer filed a bail application and asked the court to send his client to another detention centre in Puncak Alam, Selangor where the other juvenile in Nazrin’s murder case is held, so they can be detained together.

However, judge Datuk Ab Karim Ab Rahman said the court has no jurisdiction over the matter and asked the lawyer to file a formal application for the transfer.

Yesterday, Nazrin’s widow, Samirah Muzaffar, 44, the boy and another teenage boy claimed trial to murder separately.

Based on the charge sheet, the trio, together with Indonesian national Eka Wahyu Lestari who is still at large, allegedly committed the crime at a house in Mutiara Damansara between 11.30pm on June 13 and 4am on June 14, last year.

The court issued a gag order on the media against releasing information which could expose the identities of the boys, both of whom are minors, under Section 15 of the Child Act 2001.

Lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah who represented Samirah, said they would ask the court to allow her bail.

He acknowledged provisions in the Criminal Procedure Code that precluded bail for murder, but said the court could impose certain conditions such as Samirah reporting herself to the police station on a regular basis.

He cited a previous case in which a High Court had allowed bail for his former client, lawyer Balwant Singh, who was also accused of murder.

Earlier, he told the High Court that Samirah was taken to a “dark room” in Kajang prison after a visit by her lawyers on Saturday.

“She was not given pencil or paper to write down notes in defence of her case,” he said. “I hope the prosecution can look into this.”

Deputy public prosecutor Zain Ibrahim said they would inform the Prison Department of the matter, adding however that Samirah is subject to prison regulations.