Anwar Ibrahim royal pardon decision to be revealed Wednesday

Nurul Izzah, daughter of jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, speaks to the crowd during a rally to protest against his imprisonment in Kuala Lumpur March 7, 2015. Malaysia's highest court found opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim guilty on charges of sodomy last month in a case that his supporters claim was politically motivated.

KUALA LUMPUR - The petition for a royal pardon over Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's sodomy conviction by his family has been disposed.

However, it was not revealed if the royal pardon was granted, and the decision regarding the petition will be announced in the Appellate and Special Powers Court here on Wednesday, said his lawyer N. Surendran.

This was also confirmed by Anwar's lawyers Latheefa Koya, Dr Dheeraj Bhar, as well as the senior federal counsel Amarjeet Singh.

The decision was conveyed to Anwar's lawyers in the form of an affidavit issued by Datuk Nursiah Arshad, the Prime Minister's Department legal affairs director-general, who is also part of the Pardons Board.

Amarjeet said the applicants had asked for the delay in announcing the decision in order to convey it to Anwar first.

Surendran confirmed that neither Anwar nor his family was informed of the decision, which was made Thursday.