Anwar greeted by Dr Mahathir at palace

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim waving to the media as he leaves the hospital. With him is his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
PHOTO: Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has arrived at the Istana Negara to meet the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V.

Anwar made his way here after being released from the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital at 11.30am Wednesday (May 16).

He arrived at the palace at around noon, and among the first people to greet him there was Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, reported Bernama.

Anwar went in through Gate 1, but media personnel were not allowed to wait there and gathered instead at Gate 2.

The board was to deliberate on the release of the PKR de facto leader and prime minister-designate.

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

The Royal Pardons Board meeting was supposed to be held on Tuesday (May 15) but this was postponed to Wednesday.

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is now en route to Istana Negara to meet the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. He walked out of Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital at 11.30am a free man.

Posted by The Star TV on Tuesday, 15 May 2018

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

Anwar was initially scheduled to be released on June 8, 2018 after his five-year sentence that started on Feb 10, 2015 was reduced for good behaviour.


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