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Anwar & family file suit on Pardons Board ruling

Anwar's five daughters (front) at one protest event.

Anwar's five daughters (front) at one protest event.

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KUALA LUMPUR — June 24, 2015: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his family today filed a legal action to quash the Pardons Board’s dismissal of his petition for a royal pardon over his sodomy conviction.

The former opposition leader, his wife Datin Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and daughters Nurul Izzah and Nurul Nuha filed leave for a judicial review application at the high court registry here.

The application, filed through Messrs Daim & Gamany, named the Pardons Board, the Attorney-General, and the Malaysian government as respondents.

In the application, they sought an order to quash the decision of the board on March 16 and to compel it to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to pardon and release Anwar.

They also sought a mandamus order to compel the board to re-convene a meeting and to consider all materials relating to the petition for a royal
pardon submitted by Anwar’s family and to give appropriate advice to the king.

Anwar, in his affidavit to support the application, claimed that the board’s decision was arrived at in breach of the rules of natural justice and was therefore void.

He contended that the board’s decision was never communicated in written form to himself or his family members who had submitted the petition.

Anwar further claimed that the decision was also tainted and vitiated, as the second respondent was an interested person with a long-standing animus
against him.

He said the AG deliberated at the meeting on March 16 and this was confirmed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri
in a written reply in the Dewan Rakyat.

Anwar is serving a five-year jail term at the Sungai Buloh prison after the Federal Court on February 10 upheld his conviction and sentence for sodomising former aide Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan in 2008. — Bernama

 

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