PETALING JAYA, Feb 8 — The police have urged those with any new information related to the murder of Dutch model Ivana Smit in December last year to lodge a report instead of going to the media.
City police chief Datuk Mazlan Lazim was responding to claims that her death should be investigated for murder instead of the current classification of sudden death, following alleged evidence that the deceased had bruises on her arms, likely inflicted before her fall.
The claims on the new evidence came from a Dutch lawyer hired by Ivana’s family, quoting a pathologist in Holland.
“They are saying all this to the media but the problem is we haven’t received anything officially on record,” he told Malay Mail when contacted.
Mazlan also commented on another recent claim by the same Dutch lawyer, who said a new closed circuit television (CCTV) footage has surfaced showing Ivana being carried by an American man out of a club in the city just hours before her death.
“Once again if the lawyer claims to have all these evidence then he should come forward to the police.
“Though the case is still classified as sudden death, investigations are still ongoing based on our post-mortem finding here,” he stressed.
Dutch online newspaper, the NL Times reported that lawyer Sebas Diekstra, who is helping Smit’s family to find out the cause of her death on December 7 last year, uploaded a screenshot of the alleged CCTV footage on his Twitter account.
“New CCTV footage surfaced showing Ivana Smit in a club in Malaysia just hours before her death. The footage shows American Alexander Willian Johnson, 44, carrying the 18-year-old Dutch model out of the club,” said the report.
Smit’s naked body was found at a condominium in Dang Wangi, where she was believed to have fallen from the 20th floor.
She was believed to have been partying with Alexander and his Kazakh wife, Lunara Almazkyzy, 30.
Both were charged with drug abuse on December 11 and released the following week on bail.
The report added that the CCTV footage was found by a private detective, and is likely to strengthen Smit’s family’s belief that her death was no accident.
Earlier this week, a private investigator hired by Smit’s family to investigate her death said the case should be classified as murder and suggested an alleged cover-up by local authorities.
Smit was cremated in her birth town of Roermond in the Netherlands on December 30.
The pathologist who conducted Ivana’s second post-mortem had said he found bruises on her arms which he said were likely inflicted before her fall.
In his initial findings, Dr Frank van der Goot said the bruises on Ivana’s upper arms indicated that a struggle had likely taken place before she plunged to her death.
Her case was reopened by Dang Wangi police following claims of foul play by her family who were convinced of the second autopsy.
Police have interviewed nearly 50 people, but the case is still considered as sudden death.