Anwar to be released in 'a matter of days', says Nurul

Anwar to be released in 'a matter of days', says Nurul

Anwar to be released in 'a matter of days', says Nurul

It was a remarkable comeback for Mahathir, who was premier for 22 years until his retirement in 2003 and is now the world's oldest leader at 92.

The PKR vice-president said that paperwork for her father's royal pardon was being prepared.

"Yes, full pardon. We were informed by the King's office", she told Malay Mail when contacted.

Before the election, Mahathir had said he would step down and give the prime minister's post to Anwar when he is pardoned.

He explained that Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Nurul Izzah's visit to the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital yesterday afternoon - where Anwar is being held - was just a normal family visit.

It was not clear when Anwar, who is now in hospital for treatment to his shoulder, would be freed.

Anwar was initially due to be released from prison in June.

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However, speculation has been rife that he could be freed earlier after Mahathir disclosed that the Yang di-Pertuang Agong Sultan Muhammad V indicated he was willing to pardon Anwar earlier.

In 2015, Anwar, 70, was jailed for five years for sodomising a former aide, a charge he described as a politically motivated attempt by former Prime Minister Najib Razak to end his career.

Speaking at a news conference, Mahathir also said he would announce a 10-member cabinet on Saturday, including ministers for finance, defence and home affairs.

"Whether Anwar will be part of the cabinet or not will be decided when the time comes", he said.

Asked about 1MDB on Friday, Mahathir accused Attorney-General Mohamed Ali Apandi - who cleared Najib over the scandal - of having "undermined his own credibility".

"He, in fact, has hidden evidence of wrongdoing, and that is wrong in law".

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