Anwar's release to be 'slightly' delayed

  • Anwar's release to be 'slightly' delayed

Anwar's release to be 'slightly' delayed

On Monday, Datuk Ahmad Dahlan Ab Aziz, Comptroller of the Royal Household, said Malaysia's King Sultan Muhammad V had consented that all procedures regarding the Pardons Board proceedings on Mr Anwar be finalised on May 16.

Jailed Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim walked free on Wednesday after receiving a royal pardon, paving the way for his return to national politics as the presumptive successor to Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammed following a stunning election upset.

Smiling and waving to supporters on Wednesday, Anwar, 70, was surrounded by his family, lawyers and prison guards before getting into a auto and driving to the palace for an audience with the king.

Anwar emerged from the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital on Wednesday after Malaysia's Pardon Board, which included the current King, chose to overturn the 2015 conviction, which is widely accepted to be politically motivated.

She said her husband's health was improving.

Anwar was supposed to speak to the press outside the centre upon his release, but the sheer hubbub from supporters and media seems to have delayed this.

Devamacar Arumugam, 45, a woman wearing a sari made up of Anwar's People's Justice Party (PKR) flags, said she waited all day on Tuesday and was back just after dawn on Wednesday to see him free.

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

Daim, one of the five members of the Government Council of Elders appointed by Dr Mahathir, said it would be stupid to change prime ministers now.

Anwar, 70, has been recovering from a shoulder injury in the hospital under police guard.

Mahathir is the leader of the ruling alliance and Anwar's PKR won the majority of parliamentary seats in the group.

Dr Mahathir was sworn in as Prime Minister, making him the world's oldest democratically elected leader.