Anwar To Be Freed From Prison On Tuesday

Anwar was initially due to be released from prison in June.

Cover image via AP

Parti Keadilan Rakyat's (PKR) de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim will be released from prison on Tuesday, 15 May, after receiving a full pardon

Image via AP

Newly elected Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told reporters at a press conference on Friday that the king of Malaysia had decided to pardon Anwar immediately.

Anwar's eldest daughter and PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah told Reuters that the pardon from the monarch is being sought on the grounds of "miscarriage of justice".

On Saturday, the Permatang Pauh MP revealed that the paperwork for her father's release was under way

Nurul Izzah Anwar with Selangor Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali addressing the media at Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital.

Image via Mohamad Shahril Badri Saali/New Straits Times

Anwar was initially due to be released from prison in June.

He is currently recovering from surgery in Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Al-Jazeera reported.

Anwar watched Mahathir’s swearing-in ceremony with two long time loyalists Azmin Ali and Afif Bahardin while recuperating at the Cheras Hospital.

Image via SCMP

In 2015, 70-year-old Anwar was jailed for five years for sodomising a former aide, a charge which he described as a politically motivated move by former Prime Minister Najib Razak

Image via Al Jazeera

Sodomy, which is illegal in Malaysia, carries a jail term of up to 20 years under section 377B of the Penal Code.

Read more about Mahathir's comments on Anwar's pardon and release here:

Other GE14-related stories on SAYS:

You may be interested in: