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(July 22): Datuk Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman of Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd was remanded today over investigations into debt-ridden state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

He was picked up yesterday afternoon at The Curve shopping mall in Mutiara Damansara, and was brought to the headquarters of the anti-graft authority for questioning, where he was arrested.

He was brought to the magistrate's court in Putrajaya today where police obtained a five-day remand order

This is the second individual now under remand over investigations into 1MDB.

Ihsan Perdana is a company that undertakes corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes for 1MDB's charity foundation.

It was mentioned in The Wall Street Journal report on July 2 as one of the entities in the money trail of billions of ringgit that went to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's personal bank accounts.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) prosecutor Ahmad Sazilee Abdul Khairy today said  that Shamsul, 54, was met at The Curve yesterday, before being taken to the agency's headquarters where he was arrested under Section 17 (a) of the MACC Act.

Sazilee said they had wanted a seven-day remand order but magistrate Eric Lau allowed a five-day remand until Sunday.

Asked outside the magistrate's court today if Shamsul was managing director of Ihsan Perdana, Sazilee nodded.

Another source from the MACC said Shamsul's remand was to facilitate investigations over alleged bribery.

On Monday, the task force investigating 1MDB and claims of money flowing to Najib's accounts made its first arrest as part of its probe.

Jerome Lee Tak Loong was arrested at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport before boarding a flight to Taiwan.

Police yesterday obtained a four-day remand order to hold him for further investigations.

Lee, 39, was identified by his lawyer Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah to the Singapore's The Straits Times, but the lawyer would not say how he was linked to 1MDB.

But sources among the investigating team told The Malaysian Insider that one of Lee's companies had had dealings with SRC International Sdn Bhd, a Finance Ministry-owned entity that was previously a 1MDB subsidiary.

Other checks showed that Lee was also group executive director of Putrajaya Perdana Bhd (PPB), a planning and development company involved in developing the federal administrative capital, Putrajaya.

It is also learned that Lee had had a stint at 1MDB in 2011. The state investment firm yesterday issued a statement upon news of his remand that no 1MDB employee had been remanded.

SRC International and Ihsan Perdana are allegedly part of the US$11.1 million (RM42 million) money trail that ended in Najib's personal bank accounts between December 2014 and February this year.

The trail, as reported by The Wall Street Journal based on documents sourced from Malaysian investigators, began with RM50 million in SRC International, which then moved to another company Gandingan Mentari, and then to Ihsan Perdana.

From Ihsan Perdana, RM42 million was allegedly transferred to Najib's accounts at AmBank.

The prime minister had denied taking 1MDB funds for personal use, but has not commented directly on the fund transfers. His accounts that received the funds have since been closed.

On July 8, the special task force also announced that two of the six bank accounts it had frozen as part of investigations belonged to SRC International and Ihsan Perdana.

The RM42 million that flowed through these two companies are part of a larger amount of some US$700 million (RM2.67 billion) that allegedly ended up in Najib's accounts.

The largest potion, US$681 million, was funnelled separately in March 2013 from overseas, from Tanore Finance, a company in the British Virgin Islands, through Falcon Private Bank in Singapore. – The Malaysian Insider

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