Sosi­lawati’s killers to hang

A FOR­MER lawyer and his two farmhands lose their fi­nal bid to set aside their death sen­tences for mur­der­ing the cos­met­ics en­tre­pre­neur and her three aides in 2010. How­ever, an­other farm­hand es­capes the gal­lows.

New Straits Times - - Front Page - FAREZZA HANUM RASHID KUALA LUMPUR news@nst.com.my

ERNI Dekritawati Yu­liana Buhari, daugh­ter of mur­dered cos­met­ics busi­ness­woman Datuk Sosi­lawati Lawiya, ex­pressed her grat­i­tude to the au­thor­i­ties for bring­ing clo­sure to her mother’s death in 2010.

“Al­ham­dulil­lah , af­ter wait­ing for seven years, ev­ery­thing ended well to­day (yesterday).

“On be­half of my fam­ily and the fam­i­lies of the other vic­tims, I would like to thank the au­thor­i­ties for do­ing their jobs well and up­hold­ing jus­tice,” Erni, 31, told the New Straits Times.

Yesterday, the Fed­eral Court up­held the con­vic­tion and death sen­tence of for­mer lawyer N. Path­man­ab­han, 47, and farmhands T. Thi­laiyala­gan, 25, and R. Kathavarayan, 37, for mur­der­ing Sosi­lawati, 47, and her three aides — bank of­fi­cer Noorhisham Mo­hamad, 38, lawyer Ah­mad Kamil Ab­dul Karim, 32, and Sosi­lawati’s driver, Ka­marud­din Sham­sud­din, 44.

How­ever, the apex court ac­quit­ted farm­hand R. Matan, 26, say­ing the High Court had erred in call­ing for his de­fence at the end of the pros­e­cu­tion’s case, and the Court of Ap­peal had erred in af­firm­ing his con­vic­tion and death sen­tence be­cause there was in­suf­fi­cient ev­i­dence to con­vict him for the mur­ders.

Erni said she had never doubted the coun­try’s le­gal sys­tem.

“My fam­ily and I are very sat­is­fied with the court’s rul­ing. It is a justly served penalty,” she said.

Erni was not present in court when the judg­ment was read by a five-man panel chaired by Chief Jus­tice Tun Arifin Zakaria.

“I was ad­vised against go­ing to court and only found out about the judg­ment when re­porters started call­ing me.

“It is def­i­nitely good news. I am very happy de­spite it be­ing a hec­tic day.”

Sosi­lawati and her aides went miss­ing af­ter go­ing to Bant­ing for a land deal. The four ap­pel­lants were sen­tenced to death by the Shah Alam High Court in 2013.

PIC BY MOHD FADLI HAMZAH

N. Path­man­ab­han (be­hind) and T. Thi­laiyala­gan be­ing taken away af­ter the court up­held their con­vic­tion and sen­tence at the Fed­eral Court in Pu­tra­jaya yesterday.

Erni Dekritawati Yu­liana Buhari

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