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No alcohol, drugs found in specimens from body of Cradle Fund CEO, court told

Chemist B Govinda Raj also says no traces of carbon monoxide were found in any of the specimens.

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No traces of alcohol or drugs were detected in three specimens taken from the body of Cradle Fund CEO Nazrin Hassan, the High Court in Shah Alam was told today.

Chemist B Govinda Raj, who is attached to the chemistry department’s toxicology division, said the specimens marked A, B and C were received from Sergeant Abdul Rahim Taha at 10.58am on June 18, 2018.

Govinda Raj, the 40th prosecution witness, said after receiving them, the department carried out an alcohol analysis on the urine specimen while analysis on volatile substance was conducted on the lung tissue and psoas muscle.

He said the urine results found no trace of alcohol or common drugs while no volatile substance was detected in the lung or psoas muscle specimens.

“From the analysis conducted, I prepared a chemist report on July 20, 2018. The exhibits were also handed back, along with the report, to Sergeant Abdul Rahim Taha at 10.40am on July 24, 2018,” he said, reading out his witness statement before judge Ab Karim Ab Rahman.

Govinda Raj, 38, was testifying at the trial of Samirah Muzaffar, 46, a former senior executive, and two teenagers, now aged 19 and 16, as well as an Indonesian woman, Eka Wahyu Lestari, who is still at large, all of whom are charged with murdering Nazrin at a house in Mutiara Damansara between 11.30pm on June 13, 2018 and 4am the following day.

Govinda Raj also told the court that no traces of carbon monoxide were found in any of the three specimens.

The trial continues tomorrow.

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