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Anwar Ibrahim released after years in prison

Anwar Ibrahim released after years in prison

"He's in good health", said Anwar's lawyer Shankaran Nair, who noted that the prison sentence was "unjust", which was why the pardon was approved.

Nurul Izzah, Anwar's daughter, said her father's release was a gift ahead of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan which begins on Thursday in Malaysia. He was surrounded by his family, lawyers and prison guards before driving to the palace for an audience with King Sultan Muhammad V.

Mahathir's move to release it comes as he seeks to tighten the net around Najib, whom he defeated in an election last week, and other officials over the multi-billion dollar scandal surrounding the fund's actions dating back some years.

Smiling and looking spry in a tailored black suit, Anwar emerged from a Kuala Lumpur hospital where he had undergone surgery for a shoulder problem, giving a thumbs-up to a crowd of journalists before leaving in a convoy of cars without making any public comment. Anwar became Mahathir's heir apparent, but they fell out during the 1998 Asian financial crisis and Anwar was sacked.

Anwar, whose sodomy conviction is believed by supporters to have been concocted by Najib to derail the opposition, is expected to be pardoned by the country's king on Wednesday and released.

Mahathir did not say why he would step down after the short period of time, but his age could be one reason.

If there is no case, we do not go for detention without trial.




Anwar was freed in 2004 but in 2015, he was jailed again - for five years - for sodomising a former aide, a charge he and his supporters describe as a politically motivated attempt by Najib to end his career.

According to the WSJ report, during the election campaign, Dr Mahathir vowed to free Anwar and pass the premiership to him, but said he would stay in the prime minister's post for two or three years to steer Malaysia in the right direction. "There will be no special powers given except as are given to ministers or deputy ministers or deputy prime ministers", Mahathir said.

The pardon, granted on the grounds that there was a miscarriage of justice, allows Anwar to re-enter politics immediately. Anwar's wife, Wan Azizah, was appointed Malaysia's new deputy prime minister by Mahathir on Saturday.

Security personnel from the building - which is owned by Desmond Lim, a wealthy Malaysian businessman and supporter of Najib - were cooperative."We are looking for government documents that may have been illegally taken", said a senior police officer, who requested anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to the media.

Tensions within the ruling coalition, which are likely given differences between Mr Mahathir and Mr Anwar in the past, would raise doubts about the ability of the administration to deliver. "But Mahathir may be reluctant to hand over to his former nemesis, and if he drags his feet other scenarios could come into play", said Peter Mumford of the Eurasia Group in a research note.

Mahathir told a Wall Street Journal conference via a video link on Tuesday that "no deal" will be cut with Najib over the graft scandal.

SEE ALSO: Malaysian election belongs to Mahathir: now what? .


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