Thursday September 27, 2012
Sosilawati murder trial to resume on Oct 23
SHAH ALAM: The murder trial of cosmetics millionaire Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and her three companions will resume on Oct 23.
The dates were set by High Court judge Justice Akhtar Tahir here yesterday following a request from DPP Ishak Mohd Yusoff.
The main trial halted in July when the Court of Appeal allowed a stay for the defence to appeal against the same High Court’s decision to disallow their application to call three DPPs as witnesses in their bid to expunge two exhibits in the case.
The appeal was struck out by a three-man panel at the Court of Appeal on Sept 13.
Sosilawati, 47, her driver Kamaruddin Shamsuddin, 44, bank officer Noorhisham Mohamad, 38, and lawyer Ahmad Kamil Abdul Karim, 32, were reported missing after they went to Banting for a land deal two years ago.
Former lawyer N. Pathmanabhan, 43, and farm hands T. Thilaiyalagan, 21, R. Matan, 22, and R. Kathavarayan, 32, were accused of murdering them at Lot 2001, Jalan Tanjung Layang, Tanjung Sepat, Banting, between 8.30pm and 9.45pm on Aug 30, 2010.
On April 30, Pathmabhan and the three farm hands were ordered by the High Court to enter their defence on the murder charges.
Second accused Thilaiyalagan is expected to take the stand as a witness on Oct 23.