Wednesday decision on Anwar’s royal pardon


Meanwhile a campaign called “A million signatures to free Anwar” has taken off, appealing to the King to free the opposition leader from prison

(Free Malaysia Today) – The decision on PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim’s petition for a royal pardon on his sodomy conviction will be announced on Wednesday.

However, it is not known if the royal pardon has been granted or not.

Anwar’s family filed a royal pardon to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on February 24 on his behalf, shortly after the Opposition Leader began his five-year prison sentence.

The Appellate and Special Powers Court will announce the decision on Wednesday, The Star Online quoted Anwar’s lawyer N Surendran as saying.

Surendran said senior federal counsel Amarjeet Singh informed the High Court of the decision while in chambers this morning when Judge Asmabi Mohamad postponed today’s hearing of Anwar’s bid to attend Parliament to Wednesday.

She did it to allow Anwar’s lawyers to ascertain the board’s decision.

Anwar, 68, is challenging the Prisons Department’s decision to deny him permission to take part in the ongoing Dewan Rakyat session that ends on April 9.

Surendran confirmed that neither Anwar nor his family was informed of the decision, which was made yesterday.

Meanwhile, activists led by Bersih 2.0 Penang chairman Toh Kin Woon began the “A million signatures to free Anwar” campaign, that appeals to the King to release the opposition leader, the Malay Mail reported.