PETALING JAYA: The Netherlands has extended help to the Malaysian police in the case of Dutch model Ivana Smit, who died in mysterious circumstances in 2017.
The deputy head of mission at the Netherlands Embassy, Christoph Prommersberger, said Dutch officials met with Malaysian police officers in Kuala Lumpur on Wednesday.
“We offered Dutch expert support for the reopened investigation,” a tweet by Prommersberger read.
Smit was found dead at CapSquare Residence in Kuala Lumpur on Dec 7, 2017 after falling from a condominium unit on the 20th floor, owned by American couple Alex Johnson and Luna Almaz.
Police initially classified the incident as sudden death, and neither Johnson nor Almaz attended a coroner’s inquest into her death, although they maintained their innocence in an interview with a British tabloid.
The High Court here recently ordered the case to be reopened, after taking into account Dutch pathologist Dr Frank van der Goot’s testimony that Johnson and Almaz might have engaged in a struggle with Smit prior to her death.
Police have since stated that they would treat the case as murder under the Penal Code.