Was Cradle CEO, Nazrin Hassan, murdered?

14 August 2018

The following is her statement in full:

It has been a trying period of close to two months for me and the children. In respecting the ongoing investigations, I have refrained from issuing any statement or talking to the media but my family and I are deeply distressed by recent media reports on the tragic demise of my beloved husband, Nazrin Hassan, on June 14. These reports, it is pertinent to point out, contain official quotes and statements from the authorities involved in the investigation, namely the Fire and Rescue Department and the Malaysian police.

It is unfortunate that these reports are not consistent with the findings of the report on the postmortem examination on my deceased husband issued by the Department of Forensic Medicine, Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL), on Aug 2. The report which is in my possession states that my husband “sustained a blunt penetrating injury at the left parietal region. This wound was associated with a severe degree of head injury”.

It also states that “multiple smaller blunt penetrating injuries of various sizes were found on his face, neck, chest, left shoulder and back of left hand bearing the pattern of shrapnel injuries”. The postmortem report then concludes that the cause of death is “complication of blast and blunt penetrating injuries”. The autopsy conducted by a senior pathologist in HKL explicitly detailed the cause of the demise of my late husband.

The postmortem report makes no mention of “traces of petrol on his head” or on any other part of my late husband. I would like to also reiterate here that contrary to media reports, my late husband was not on any form of medication. The laboratory analysis in the postmortem report further confirms that no common drugs, volatile substances and/or alcohol were found in my late husband.

The family and I have been more than cooperative with the authorities as we would like to see closure of the entire tragic episode. Besides, we would like some information on certain missing items and personal belongings of my late husband as a result of the incident.

I have lodged police reports pertaining to the investigations and missing items since June. I have been writing to the Fire and Rescue Department requesting updates but the family and I have been kept mostly in the dark. I have been told by the Fire and Rescue Department that the report by the department cannot be given to me because Nazrin’s death is a high profile case.

I have again written to the fire department and appealed for a copy of the report. I am not aware of any provision in the law that denies the family of the victim, especially the next of kin, access to documents because of the status of the case. However, there have been no less than four statements made to the media by the fire department in relation to the tragedy.

In its sparse communication with me, the fire department has in fact made claims which are patently untrue, namely that it had taken control of the premises, specifically the room where the death occurred, from June 14 to 19. After 5pm on June 14 itself, the family was informed that it could access the room as well as clean the said room. And yet, the fire department produced a letter on June 19 which was backdated to the June 14. Acts of this sort which transgress established procedures erode our confidence in the authorities.

As most would know, my late husband, Nazrin Hassan, led his life with integrity, honesty and professionalism, and I seek that the investigations in relation to his death also be conducted with the highest standards of ethics, transparency and accountability.


CEO’s murder: Fire Department submits final report

August 7, 2018

However, the department declines to give details on its findings into the death of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd CEO Nazrin Hassan.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Fire and Rescue Department has handed over two investigation reports on the death of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd CEO Nazrin Hassan to police.

Selangor Fire Investigation Division assistant director Hafisham Mohd Noor said the department had sent the initial forensic report followed by the final report to police for investigation.

“However, I cannot disclose what are the elements found at the incident scene as it may affect police investigations,” he said when contacted by Bernama here today.

On June 14, Nazrin was found dead after being trapped in a fire on the first floor of his house, with burns on 30% of his body.

However, police yesterday confirmed Nazrin’s death had been reclassified as a murder case following the fire department’s report as well as the autopsy.

These were based on the laboratory results and help from the K9 (dog) unit.

Selangor CID chief Fadzil Ahmat said no arrests had been made so far and police were still investigating.

“Individuals who can assist in the investigations will be called in to give their statements,” he said when contacted today.


6 August 2018


Death of Cradle chief Nazrin Hassan reclassified as murder

Cradle is a firm under the Ministry of Finance, which oversees the development of tech entrepreneurs and the Malaysian start-up ecosystem.

It was the agency that provided seed funding to firms such as ride-hailing provider Grab (previously MyTeksi) and fintech start-up iMoney.




Police probing death of Cradle CEO as murder

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 6 — Police are now investigating the death of Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd CEO Nazrin Hassan as murder, following lab results last week that suggested foul play.

A police source revealed that the lab results from the Selangor Fire and Rescue Department showed that there were four traces of petrol found in Nazrin’s room that caught fire.

“Police have now opened an investigation paper under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder after the Fire and Rescue department alerted them to their findings.

“The lab results showed traces of petrol on his head, bedframe and mattress, as well as his handphone,” the source told Malay Mail.

Meanwhile, Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Fadzil Ahmat confirmed the reclassification of Nazrin’s case to murder.

He said the case was reclassified from sudden death to murder on Friday, but refused to divulge further.





PETALING JAYA: The death of 45-year-old Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd (Cradle) group chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan has been reclassified as murder.

When contacted on Monday (Aug 6), Selangor CID chief Senior Asst Comm Fadzil Ahmat confirmed this to The Star.

“The case has been reclassified under Section 302 of the Penal Code on Aug 3.

“This follows a report by the Fire and Rescue department, and the results of the post-mortem,” he said when contacted on Monday (Aug 6).

Nazrin Hassan died of what was initially believed to be smoke inhalation after a fire in the top floor of his house in Mutiara Damansara here on June 14.

It was reported that his handphone had exploded while charging.


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One Response to Was Cradle CEO, Nazrin Hassan, murdered?

  1. E Lye says:

    Suddenly new evidence? What kind of sloppy police investigations do we have? Time to outsource.

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