Malaysian former deputy PM Anwar to be released on May 16: media

Tuesday, 2018-05-15 22:23:12
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Malaysian former deputy PM Anwar to be released on May 16. (File photo: Reuters)
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Anwar Ibrahim, who is tapped by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad to be his successor, is expected to be released on Wednesday (May 16), after the Malaysian head of state grants him a full pardon, Malaysian state news agency Bernama reported on May 15.

Anwar, who was the deputy prime minister during Mahathir's premiership in the 1990s, is now in a hospital in Cheras, waiting for the Pardons Board meeting, scheduled for Wednesday morning, said Bernama.

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.

Mahathir, 92, who put Anwar in jail in 1998, promised to help release his former protege during the campaign.

He also pledged to serve the premiership for around two years before handing it over to Anwar. But Anwar needs to win a by-election to become a parliamentary member first.

Anwar was previously scheduled to be released on June 8. He was serving a five-year jail term on sodomy charges.