PETALING JAYA: A female relative of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd founder and chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan (pix) was arrested late on Sunday to assist in the investigations into his murder.
Selangor police CID chief SAC Fadzil Ahmat said today, the 39-year-old woman who is a sister of a 43-year-old close relative of Nazrin who was arrested on Sept 4 and later freed after spending 10 days in remand. He said also arrested was the woman’s 41-year-old husband.
He said the couple were arrested at a condominium unit at Taman Tun Dr Ismail at 10.30pm on Sunday.
Fadzil said a four-day remand order to detain the couple for investigations was obtained from the Petaling Jaya magistrates court yesterday.
The case took a mysterious turn when it was reclassified from a sudden death case to murder last month.
Weeks later, a close relative of 45-year-old Nazrin and her ex-husband, both aged 43 were held to assist in the investigations into his murder on Sept 4.
They were held under a seven-day remand order but the man was freed by police after three days.
The woman also had her detention extended by three days for after the remand order expired.
Two teenage brothers were also picked up on Sept 8 in connection with the case and were remanded for seven days but the Shah Alam High Court ruled that the detention was not justified and ordered their release on Sept 12.
Their release stumped the cops who were concerned that the move could jeopardise the course of investigations.
Nazrin, 45, was initially reported to have died of smoke inhalation from a fire that broke out in a room at his double-storey terrace house in Mutiara Damansara on June 14, the eve of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.
At the time it was believed the fire that occurred past noon was caused by an explosion from the victim’s mobile phone that was being charged.
It was reported that Nazrin had suffered 30% burns and other injuries from the explosion.
His family told police that he had earlier gone to sleep after complaining of a headache.
The case was classified by police as sudden death at the time until new developments in the probe emerged.
More than a week after the fire, Fire and Rescue Department investigators who carried out tests on samples gathered at the fire found traces of petrol, opening up suspicions of foul play.
The case was reclassified as murder.
While the probe was ongoing, Nazrin’s wife, Samirah Muzaffar, was reported to have lashed out at the Fire and Rescue Department for keeping her and her family in the dark about the probe outcome of her husband’s death.
It was also reported that she had lodged a police report on the investigations process and the theft of several items from the house.
The senior official of the Malaysian Intellectual Property Corporation claimed that despite writing to the Fire and Rescue Department to seek information on the probe, she was refused access.
She was also quoted as saying that she and her family had given their cooperation to the authorities as they sought for “closure of the entire episode”.
Nazrin, who headed Cradle Fund, a Ministry of Finance organisation which is an early stage start-up influencer that provides government grants and other assistance to budding entrepreneurs, left behind four children.