KUALA LUMPUR, May 11 – The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V has agreed to pardon Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and he should be released immediately, says the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at a press conference today after a Pakatan Harapan presidential council meeting.
“The Agong has told (DAP secretary-general) Lim Guan Eng that he has agreed to granting a full pardon to Anwar. We will go through the proper process of obtaining the pardon for Anwar. It’s going to be a full pardon, which means that he is not only pardoned but released immediately. After that, he will be free to participate fully in politics,” said Tun M.
When asked if Anwar would be a Cabinet minister, Dr Mahathir said that Anwar would have to become a member of Parliament first. Mahathir had previously said he would step aside for Anwar to become prime minister once he is released and wins a parliamentary seat.
Anwar was charged in 2008 with sodomy. He was tried in 2010 and 2011 and was acquitted in January 2012. However, in March 2014, the acquittal was overturned by the Court of Appeal, and he was sentenced to a five years’ jail. Anwar appealed to the Federal Court but to no avail, and has been serving his sentence in Sungai Buloh Prison. — PN