Ethnic Indian lawyer charged with murder of cosmetic moghul

An ethnic Indian lawyer and three farm workers were today charged in a Malaysian court with the murder of a self-made cosmetic moghul and her three associates.

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2010, 22:13 PM IST

Kuala Lumpur: An ethnic Indian lawyer and
three farm workers were today charged in a Malaysian court
with the murder of a self-made cosmetic moghul and her three
associates.

Lawyer N Pathmanabhan, 41, and three others were
jointly charged with the murder of Datuk Sosilawati Lawiya and
her associates.

They were charged before Magistrate Hurman Hussain.

The charge against Pathmanabhan was read in Bahasa Malaysia
while the charge against the rest was read in Tamil.

Others who were charged along with Pathmanabhan were T
Thilaiyalagan (19), R Matan (20) and R Kathavarayan (30).

The offence was allegedly committed on Aug 30.

It was reported that the four had gone missing on Aug
30 after telling their families and friends that they were
going to Banting to discuss a land deal.

More than a week later, police said they were murdered
and burnt, and their ashes thrown into a river near a farm
owned by Pathmanabhan.

The accused are also being probed for the murders and
disappearance of several others, including Indian millionaire
A Muthuraja, 34, local businessmen Mohd Shafiq Abdullah, 37
and 44-year-old housewife T Selvi.

No plea was recorded and the court fixed Dec 16 for
mention of the case.

Sosilawati, founder of the cosmetics retailer Nouvelle
Beauty Centre Sdn, began by selling cosmetic products door-to-
door before starting her own business in 1994.

-PTI