Anwar Ibrahim will receive a full royal pardon and be released from prison on Tuesday, his daughter Nurul Izzah told Channel News Asia today. A full pardon by the King would mean he can return to active politics. Nearly incredible must be the swingback in Malaysian politics, verily an electoral natural disaster.
The PKR vice-president said that paperwork for her father's royal pardon was being prepared.
He didn't say how long the process will take and whether Anwar could be freed before his sentence ends June 8.
Anwar, 70, is now in Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital where he has been recuperating after a surgery.
Anwar, 70, is being held at the facility after a shoulder surgery last November.
Sodomy is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia, where the offence carries a jail term of up to 20 years. Anwar and Mahathir joined forces in an unlikely alliance that helped the opposition nailed the electoral victory.
Anwar insists both times criminal charges were trumped up to keep him out of frontline politics.
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Under Malaysian law, Anwar is disqualified from running for office for five years after his release, unless he is pardoned by the King. At the ripe age of 92, the very election of Mahathir Mohamad as the world's oldest Prime Minister signifies what in judicial terminology is the rarest of the rare... in the political narrative.
"Mahathir has proven his tenacity, accepted past limitations, apologised and sacrificed his time and energy to raise the dignity of the people and the country", Anwar said.
Mahathir refutes this, claiming he was acting on police advice.
Wan Azizah, president of one of Pakatan Harapan's four component parties, said her husband had expressed happiness over his former rival Mahathir's swearing in as premier on Thursday.
When Mahathir first served as prime minister, between 1981 and 2003, Anwar was his protege and seen as his natural successor.
Pakatan Harapan has named Anwar as the prime minister-in-waiting, with Dr Mahathir having promised to vacate the seat once Anwar is pardoned, released and elected as a lawmaker.