Director-General of the Prisons Department has said that Anwar Ibrahim, serving his five-years jail sentence, is set to be released from prison on 8 June, two days earlier from his scheduled date
The reason for the PKR de facto leader's early release is because Regulation 28 of Prison Rules 2000 clarifies that if the release of a prisoner falls on a weekly holiday or a public holiday, the prisoner shall be released the previous day.
As 10 June falls on a Sunday and 9 June is a Saturday, hence, Anwar will be released on 8 June, D-G Datuk Seri Zulkifli Omar was reported saying by NST Online.
The Director-General of the Prisons Department added that the calculation of the period of the sentence and the date of release was made in accordance with Section 44 of the Prisons Act (1995) and Rule No 43 (1)(a) of the Prisons Regulations.
D-G Zulkifli clarified that the early release date of Anwar has nothing to do with the implementation of the parole system or any order from the Pardons Board
He also added that up until this statement was issued, the Prisons Department and the Sungai Buloh Prison did not receive any warrant or order from any authority ordering the sentence against Anwar to be amended, NST Online reported.
Previously, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had said that her husband would be released from prison on 11 June 11
To which, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had responded saying that Putrajaya respects the Prisons Department's decision on Anwar’s early release for good behaviour, stressing that the 11 June is provisional.