May 12, 2018 / 10:05 AM / 4 months ago

Jailed Malaysian leader Anwar to be released on Tuesday - daughter

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Jailed Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim will be released on Tuesday, the veteran politician’s daughter Nurul Izzah told Reuters on Saturday.

FILE PHOTO - Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim speaks to Reuters at his office in Petaling Jaya outside Kuala Lumpur August 4, 2008. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad/File Photo

Newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said this week that all efforts were being made to release Anwar, a former foe, immediately and secure a full royal pardon from the country’s monarch.

“Yes,” Nurul said in a text message when asked to confirm whether her father was being released on Tuesday.

Anwar was jailed in 2015 for charges of sodomy, a charge he and his supporters say was politically motivated.

Nurul added the pardon from the monarch is being sought on the grounds of “miscarriage of justice”.

Reporting by Joseph Sipalan; writing by Praveen Menon; Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan

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