KUALA LUMPUR (April 27): 1Malaysia Development Bhd's (1MDB) former joint venture (JV) partner PetroSaudi International Ltd's chief investment officer Patrick Mahony is alleged to have received a "mysterious" US$33 million fee in October 2009, the UK-based Exaro reported.

Exaro claimed that it obtained a copy of an e-mailed instruction from PetroSaudi co-founder and chief executive Tarek Obaid for the transfer to Mahony's Swiss bank account.

Exaro alleged that Obaid e-mailed the instruction to J.P. Morgan in Switzerland.

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