May 12, 2018 / 10:06 AM / 3 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.

Nurul Izzah, daughter of Jailed Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim, smiles as she leaves at the Cheras Rehabilitation Centre hospital in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 11, 2018. Picture taken May 11, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

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.

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

“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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