Anwar's family seeks royal pardon

Malaysia's opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim (2nd R) arrives with his wife Wan Azizah (L), for the verdict in his final appeal against a conviction for sodomy, at the federal court in Putrajaya, February 10, 2015. Malaysia's highest court rejected on Tuesday Anwar's appeal against a 2014 sodomy conviction and upheld a five-year prison term that will likely end a political career marked by controversy.

PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's family has decided to seek a royal pardon over the imprisoned Opposition leader's sodomy conviction.

Anwar's second daughter, Nurul Nuha, said the family had submitted an appeal for a royal pardon in the belief that Anwar is innocent.

"By virtue of Article 42 of the Federal Constitution, we hope that the Royal institution would in the name of justice based on all the facts grant an appeal.

"We also would pursue and exhaust all available recourse provided for a citizen in this country," she said in a statement on Tuesday.

When contacted earlier, PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil told The Star Online that despite seeking a pardon, the application for a review of the Federal Court's decision would go ahead as planned.

PKR leaders had initially denied that Anwar's family would seek a royal pardon as it would be tantamount to an admission of guilt.

However, the latest move is seen as an attempt to prevent the PKR adviser and Opposition leader from being disqualified as a member of parliament at the end of the 14-day period to file a petition for pardon following the Federal Court's verdict on Feb 10.