Anwar’s expected release delayed, Pardons Board to now meet on May 16

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PETALING JAYA: The Pardons Board will now meet on Wednesday (May 16) to discuss the application for a Royal Pardon for PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic), says Fahmi Fadzil.

 

“We have received the latest news from the Prime Minister’s Department saying that the Pardons Board will now meet on May 16,” the PKR communications director said in a statement Monday.

 

“As such, any programmes relating to the release of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be postponed until further notice,” he added.

 

Bernama had earlier reported that Anwar’s daughter, Nurul Izzah Anwar, who is PKR vice-president, said that the Pardons Board committee would meet on Tuesday (May 15) to discuss his Royal Pardon.

 

In 2015, Anwar was sentenced to five years’ jail after the Federal Court upheld his guilty verdict for sodomy.

 

Last Friday (May 11), Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V had expressed his willingness to grant a full and immediate pardon to Anwar.

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