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Questions remain over model Ivana Smit’s death

Dutch model Ivana Smit was found dead on a balcony of a condominium in Kuala Lumpur.(Instagram pic) PETALING JAYA: A year ago today, Dutch model Ivana Smit was found dead on a balcony of a condominium in Kuala Lumpur. Her death hogged headlines after it was revealed that the 18-year-old model was found in the...

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Police officer denies he was unfair in his probe into Smit’s death

Model Ivana Smit, 18, had fallen to her death from 20th-floor condo unit in KL on Dec 7 last year. (Instagram pic) KUALA LUMPUR: A family lawyer for Dutch model Ivana Smit told the inquest into her death at the Coroner’s Court here today that the investigating officer (IO) and police tasked with handling the...

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I was suspicious over couple’s response to Ivana’s absence, says cop

Senior investigating officer Faizal Abdullah. KUALA LUMPUR: A police witness in the inquest into Ivana Smit’s death last year told the Coroner’s Court here today he found it suspicious that the couple who were the last people to see the Dutch model said she had left the unit where the trio were on the afternoon...

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Police couldn’t detain American-Kazakh duo for long, says cop in Ivana case

Luna Almaz (left) and Alex Johnson were detained for eight days after Smit’s death. KUALA LUMPUR: A police witness told the inquest into Ivana Smit’s death last year that the couple who last saw the Dutch model alive could not be detained much longer while the authorities were awaiting the reports of various investigations. Faizal...

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I didn’t see broken bottle in condo, cop tells Ivana inquest

Senior investigating officer Faizal Abdullah. KUALA LUMPUR: A police witness in the inquest into Ivana Smit’s death last year told the Coroner’s Court here today that there was no broken glass bottle when he arrived at the condo unit from which the Dutch model is believed to have fallen. Despite photos showing otherwise, Faizal Abdullah,...

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Police witness at Ivana inquest defends sudden death report

Dutch model Ivana Smit’s family claims there are elements of foul play and a cover-up in her death. (instagram pic) KUALA LUMPUR: A witness at the inquest into the death of Ivana Smit at the Coroner’s Court here disagreed today with the family’s counsel that the police were wrong in not opening an investigation paper...

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Cops should probe claim on 1MDB audit tampering too, says lawyer

PETALING JAYA: A lawyer has urged the police to investigate claims that an audit report on 1MDB was tampered with, saying the alleged offence is beyond the jurisdiction of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) alone. SN Nair called on the police to open an investigation paper under Section 218 of the Penal Code which deals...

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Lawyers label Shafee’s attack on prosecution as professional misconduct

Senior lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah is representing former prime minister Najib Razak in his criminal cases. PETALING JAYA: Members of the legal community have hit out at their colleague Muhammad Shafee Abdullah over his remarks against the prosecution in his defence of former prime minister Najib Razak, saying the lawyer breached the profession’s code of...

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Pathologist in Ivana inquest says conclusions drawn from ‘experience’

Forensics expert Dr Nurliza Abdullah has taken part in 6,000 post-mortems. KUALA LUMPUR: A pathologist testifying in the inquest into Ivana Smit’s death last year told the Coroner’s Court here today that the conclusions reached in the Dutch model’s post-mortem were drawn from police evidence and similar cases of victims falling from a height. Forensic...

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Ivana’s lawyer slams ‘despicable’ American-Kazakh couple

Alex Johnson and his wife Luna Almaz. KUALA LUMPUR: The lawyer representing Ivana Smit’s family today sought court intervention with regards to an article published over the weekend claiming the Dutch model had fallen to her death last year out of her own “youthful recklessness”. SN Nair, who is holding a watching brief at the...