Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Jailed Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim set to walk free

Jailed Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim set to walk free

The 92-year-old former-PM was also the man responsible for putting Anwar in jail the first time around back in 1999 during Dr Mahathir's first stint in the prime minister's role between 1981 to 2003.

Dr Mahathir had earlier announced that Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V has agreed to a full and immediate pardon.

Anwar emerged from the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital on Wednesday after Malaysia's Pardon Board, which included the current King, chose to overturn the 2015 conviction, which is widely accepted to be politically motivated.

Meanwhile, Harris Sani, who is Anwar's nephew, when met, said the family expects him to be released from the centre here after the Royal Pardon on Wednesday.

She said during the time when Dr Mahathir was the Prime Minister, and Anwar, his deputy, Malaysia was recognised by the world as "Asian Tiger".

In "an initial stage, maybe lasting one or two years, I will be the prime minister", Mahathir said, speaking by live video link from Kuala Lumpur to a Wall Street Journal CEO conference in Tokyo on Tuesday.

"I am already old", he said in a campaign video cited by the AP. "In fact, even from within the prison cell I sensed that the outrage against a corrupt regime was increasing by the day".

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Saifuddin Nasution, a party leader in the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition, told reporters that Anwar is also expected to attend a gathering with his supporters after his release.

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.

At 11.30am on Wednesday, a frail but jubilant Anwar emerged from Charas rehabilitation hospital in Kuala Lumpur where he has recently been serving his sentence after an operation on his shoulder. His prosecution was widely seen as politically motivated, because he posed a threat to now-former Prime Minister Najib Razak.

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.

Anwar said after working with Mahathir for many years he understands "that he cares deeply about Malaysia and the people of Malaysia".

"It is pure agony to see your own children struggling because of decisions you made".

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

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