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Task force on 1MDB detains company director

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Modified 21 Jul 2015, 11:57 am

The special task force investigating 1MDB has arrested a company director and obtained a four-day remand order against him.

It is believed that the man was arrested at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) yesterday.

Malaysiakini understands that the director is currently involved in a major property and development company.

The 1MDB task force is made up of officials from the police, Attorney-General's Chambers, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Bank Negara.

MACC obtained an order from the Putrajaya Magistrate's Court to remand the man to assist in the investigation into the accounts of 1MDB, according to a Bernama report.

Magistrate Lau Eric issued the order to remand the 39-year-old man until Friday for investigation under Section 17 (a) of the MACC Act.

The man was arrested in relation to the special task force

investigation of 1MDB, said MACC in a statement later.

The statement said the man, who was arrested at the KL International Airport last night, would be investigated under the MACC Act 2009.

According to Bernama , the man was stopped by immigration officers as he was about to leave the country, and handed over to the MACC. He was arrested by the MACC at its headquarters at 1pm yesterday.

The suspect, in orange-coloured MACC lock-up attire, was brought to the court about 8.30am.

'National grounds'

He was represented by lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah ( photo ).

Shafee told reporters the MACC had asked for a seven-day remand order but the magistrate gave four days.

He said he did not know the grounds for his client's arrest but was told it was on "investigation on national grounds".

Shafee said his client was remanded under Section 17 (a) of the MACC Act, which concerns the accepting or attempt to obtain gratification as an inducement or reward.

When contacted later by Bernama , he said his client was stopped while going through immigration at the airport on his way to Taiwan for a business trip.

He said his client's arrest had nothing to do with 1MDB.

"Even before the magistrate, the prosecution did not disclose the grounds of arrest despite repeated requests by me. They mentioned Section 17 (a). No factual context was given," he said.

"This man is one of the directors of Putrajaya Perdana which has no relationship with 1MDB," Shafee said.

On July 3, MACC deputy chief commissioner Mohd Shukri Abdull said the commission will professionally and independently investigate transactions involving SRC International Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of 1MDB as the elements brought up were within the ambit of MACC's authority.

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