The former prime minister's lawyer Harvinderjit Singh said there are other circumstances that the court ought to consider, like whether Najib originally — at the material time — knew that the money that went into his accounts came from SRC, formerly a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Bhd.
Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali held that the former prime minister had enormous influence and wielded an overreaching position of power in SRC.
What was significant was that the judge devoted half an hour to just one charge, namely abuse of power.
Muhammad Shafee had today asked Amhari about his asset declaration to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in June last year.
This comprised RM55,000 per month from his position as a director in Khazanah Nasional Bhd, as well as RM20,000 from firm ORB Solutions Sdn Bhd that facilitated Najib’s digital presence..
The witness, who once worked as a special officer for Najib, said he was sent to China on a 'secret mission' by his then-boss to influence the country to help pay 1MDB's debts.
The 1MDB or Tanore trial is scheduled to begin on Aug 19 next month.
He signed a directors’ circular resolution ratifying Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd as the CSR partner of the company while he was hiding in Bangkok, Thailand.
"This is not a question of the court obstructing the accused from attending parliament [as] he is not prevented from attending [Parliament] whenever court is not in session," Justice Nazlan said.