Shahril Jaafar had been sentenced to death at the Alor Setar High Court for the murder of Chee Gaik Yap.
February 2 2012
Perth opal dealer faces Malaysia’s gallows
A 31-year-old Perth businessman faces the death penalty in Malaysia after being charged with the murder of a Malay (sic) woman, 25, who was abducted and later killed while jogging with her younger sister six years ago.
Shahril Jaafar, who is a permanent resident in Australia and works for his father’s meteorite and opal company, was arrested at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on January 17.
Yesterday he faced the Sungai Petani Magistrates Court unrepresented and was not required to enter a plea.
Mr Jaafar was charged under Section 302 of Malaysia’s Penal Code, which means he could be hanged if found guilty.
He is accused of abducting snack food marketing executive Chee Gaik Yap, 25, who had been out jogging in the housing area of Kelab Cinta Sayang on the night of January 14 with her then 24-year-old sister when she disappeared.
Following investigations, Mr Jaafar was arrested and released on police bail, pending his DNA result. However, he fled the country to Australia where he managed to obtain permanent residency, according to New Straits Times.
News organisations reported that for six years, police kept an eye on all airports and entry points for the businessman who had fled the country in the same year.
The Star had previously written a feature article about Mr Jaafar’s family business since his father was considered a prestigious man, marked by the title “Datuk”.
Jamaludin Jaafar frequently jetted between his two homes in Canning Vale, Perth, and Sungai Petani, Kedah, in Malaysia, to run his business that mainly features jewellery made out of opals, meteorites and rare gemstones.
It is a family business that includes his wife Datin Norbariah Ibrahim and their four children, Rosmina, Zamani, Shahril, and Amirah.
The family moved to Perth in 1994 when Mr Jaafar senior decided to venture abroad and met a group of people who collected fossils, meteorites, and rare gemstones.
“We turn them into affordable consumer products like jewellery, apparel, car accessories, keris and souvenir,” Mr Jaafar told The Star.
Their jewellery is reported to be designed exclusively in Hong Kong and Bangkok.
The Jaafar family have so far been unable to be contacted by WAtoday.com.au.
19 January 2012| last updated at 09:08AM
Rape suspect arrested after six years in hiding
SUNGAI PETANI: A man, wanted in connection with a cruel rape and murder case of a marketing executive six years ago, was arrested by the police on Tuesday.
The 31-year-old man, who has been on the run since 2006, was ambushed and detained at the Kuala Lumpur In ternational Airport in Sepang, Selangor. It was learnt that the suspect is the son of a prominent “Datuk” in the state.
State Criminal Investigation Department chief, Assistant Commissioner Zakaria Ahmad, said the suspect had arrived from Perth, Australia when he was picked up by the police.
“We never closed the investigation file for the case. In fact, we had been updating new leads for the case every two weeks since the murder.
“The police have been working closely with our coun terparts in other countries to locate the suspect,” he told reporters.
Zakaria said police had also obtained a seven-day remand order from the Sungai Petani magistrate’s court here on Wednesday.
The suspect landed on the police wanted list for his suspected involvement in the murder of Chee Gaik Yap.