Wife, sons charged with murder of Malaysian start-up fund CEO

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-04 19:26:18|Editor: zh
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KUALA LUMPUR, March 4 (Xinhua) -- The wife of a chief executive officer of a prominent Malaysian government-linked start-up fund and her two sons were charged on Monday with the murder over the mysterious death of her husband in a fire at their home last year.

Samirah Muzaffar, 45, and the two teenagers, aged 15 and 17, were detained by police at their home early on Monday before being charged at a Petaling Jaya court for the murder of Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan last June.

Their maid, who is at large, was also charged with the murder in absentia.

The three suspects had been detained on the instruction of the Attorney General's Chambers (AGC), police said in a statement shortly after their arrest.

This comes after police confirmed receiving the second post-mortem report on Nazrin last week.

Cradle Fund is a Malaysian Finance Ministry company which oversees the development of tech entrepreneurs and the Malaysian start-up ecosystem, having given early funding to companies such as ride-hailing pioneer Grab.

Initially Nazrin was thought to have died of smoke inhalation and shrapnel wounds after his mobile phones were believed to had exploded near his head while he was asleep, as concluded in the first post-mortem examination.

Two months after Nazrin's death, the case was reclassified as murder after investigations by the Fire and Rescue Department showed traces of fuel on his head, bed and mobile phones.

The revelation led to the detention of Samirah and her ex-husband as part of an investigation into the case last September. They were released after being remanded for a week.