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15-05-2018 17:35

Rule of law must be applied when obtaining pardon for Anwar

KUANTAN: Pakatan Harapan secretariat chief Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah says that the rule of law must be applied when obtaining a pardon for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

 

"The issue of whether there is a delay does not arise," Saifuddin said, commenting on the postponement of the Pardons Board's meeting.

He said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had made it clear that he wanted Anwar's pardon to be conducted as quickly as possible.

"But at the same time, the Prime Minister also very clearly stated that we must uphold the rule of law. There are procedures we have to follow," Saifuddin said after attending a thanksgiving event here on Monday night.

It was reported that Anwar's daughter, Nurul Izzah Anwar, said that the Pardons Board committee would meet on Tuesday (May 15) to discuss his Royal Pardon.

However, PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil later issued a statement, saying that the Pardons Board would only meet on Wednesday (May 16).

In 2015, Anwar was sentenced to five years' jail after the Federal Court upheld his guilty verdict for sodomy.

Last Friday (May 11), Dr Mahathir said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V had expressed his willingness to grant a full and immediate pardon to Anwar.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/15/saifuddin-rule-of-law-must-be-applied-when-obtaining-pardon-for-anwar/#rPVZ0OkSy2ZlbMqp.99

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