Crime & Courts

Cops launch probe into scuffle before Cradle Fund murder trial decision

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have launched an investigation into the scuffle between two persons at the Shah Alam court lobby this morning, ahead of the murder trial decision of Cradle Fund chief executive officer Nazrin Hassan.

Shah Alam police chief Assistant Commissioner Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim said a probe is being conducted under Section 160 of the Penal Code for committing affray after both parties lodged reports over the incident.

"Initial investigations showed the scuffle involved a 34-year-old photographer from Utusan Malaysia and a lawyer aged 50.

"The incident took place at the crowded lobby of the court complex when the team of lawyers were making their way towards the courtroom while members of the press were covering the court proceedings.

"The photographer had abrasions on his neck and arm while the lawyer had a wound on his forehead. Both received outpatient treatment at the Shah Alam Hospital," he said in a statement tonight.

The offence carries a maximum sentence of six months' jail, a fine of up to RM1,000, or both.

Chaos erupted when photographers tried to take pictures of Nazrin's widow, Samirah Muzaffar and her lawyers. Samirah was the accused in the case, along with two underage boys.

A lawyer was said to have shouted for the crowding press members to make way for them to pass before a shoving and verbal war of words ensued.

Iqbal urged those with information to contact investigating officer Inspector Muhamad Ridzuan Ibrahim at 013-3050856.

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