Malaysian CEO killed in room fire: Intrigue over murder deepens as 2 teens remanded

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PETALING JAYA - Two teenagers have been remanded to assist investigations into the murder of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan.

Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Fadzil Ahmat said the siblings, aged 14 and 16, would be remanded for seven days until Sept 15.

"The boys were picked up in Taman Tun Dr Ismail at about 4pm on Saturday.

"They were detained as part of the ongoing murder investigation.

"We are investigating them further in connection with the murder case," he said.

The two teenagers were clad in purple prison attire and handcuffed when they arrived at the Petaling Jaya magistrate's court at about 11.30am yesterday.

A family member was seen shielding their faces when they arrived.

The situation at the court became tense when family members of the teenagers prevented the media from taking their pictures.

One of the family's lawyers then warned the media against taking any pictures or videos that featured the children in handcuffs, saying that it contravened the Child Act 2001.

Lawyers Hisham Teh, LS Leonard and S. Suresh acted for the two teenagers.

An English daily alleged that the two were arrested last Wednesday after puncture wounds were discovered on the neck of the deceased.

The puncture wounds, the daily claimed, were believed to have been inflicted by an arrow.

It was reported that the boys were picked up after it was said that they possessed archery skills.

However, Selangor police chief Comm Datuk Mazlan Mansor denied that such arrests had taken place at that time and insisted details could not be divulged as the investigation was still ongoing.

Sources said police were explo­ring all angles in the investigation, including the roles played by those detained by the police.

It is believed that investigators are busy piecing together what had actually occurred the day Nazrin drew his last breath.

While many have speculated on the motives for the murder, the police are not elaborating as they aim to build a solid case against those responsible for Nazrin's death.

So far, police have detained Nazrin's wife Samirah Muzaffar and her ex-husband, both 43, on Sept 4. They were remanded for a week.

On June 14, just days before Hari Raya, Nazrin died at his home in Mutiara Damansara.

Initially, the cause of death was attributed to his phone having exploded while charging and it sparked off a fire.

Nazrin, who was found with 30 per cent burn marks on his body at the upper floor of his double-storey house, was even speculated to have died due to the smartphone explo­ding or he was overcome by smoke.

Early last month, police reclassified the case as murder following a forensic investigation report by the Fire and Rescue Department.