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Malaysia: Opposition icon Anwar gets royal pardon, released from prison

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16.05.2018

DE-FACTO leader of Malaysia’s newly victorious People’s Justice Party (PKR), Anwar Ibrahim, has been freed after gaining a royal pardon for a conviction of sodomy that has kept him in prison for the last three years.

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

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The royal pardon is crucial for the PKR leader who plans to return to politics after his release. Without the pardon, Anwar would have been banned from politics for five years due to having a criminal........

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