Former Malaysia deputy PM Ibrahim pardoned

Former Malaysia deputy PM Ibrahim pardoned

PKR secretary-general Datuk Saifuddin Nasution said Mr Anwar was expected to be released after the Pardons Board meets at 11am on Wednesday to discuss the application for his release and full pardon.

Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim has been freed from jail, paving the way for his return to politics.

Anwar, 70, has been recovering from a shoulder injury in the hospital under police guard. "Today, I am very happy", she said.

Officials in Anwar's political party said he was headed to an audience with Malaysia's king and was expected to address the public in the afternoon followed by a political rally in the evening.

"So, we expect (the release) will be at noon tomorrow before a gathering in the afternoon in Petaling Jaya", he told reporters after visiting Mr Anwar at the hospital on Tuesday (May 15).

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Anwar joined forces with his old ally-turned-foe-turned ally, 92-year-old Mahathir Mohamad, to oust scandal-tainted former premier Najib Razak.

Anwar sought a royal pardon on the grounds of "miscarriage of justice", which would reverse his conviction and make him eligible to actively participate in politics. Wearing a white shirt printed with a photograph of Anwar and the words "March 2 Freedom", he said he nevertheless believed Anwar and Mahathir could work together and that the alliance's prospects were good.

Mr Anwar, who was serving his sentence at the Sungai Buloh Prison, had been scheduled to be freed on June 8.

Anwar served as Dr Mahathir's deputy and finance minister before being removed from his post and incarcerated on sodomy and corruption charges, which human rights groups and foreign governments criticised as being politically motivated.

Mahathir has said he expects to run the government for up to two years but has signalled the reins would be turned over to the Anwar eventually.

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