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Lawyer argues that Pardon’s Board gave wrong advice to Agong on Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR — Aug. 14, 2020: A lawyer has argued that the Pardons  Board had given wrong advice to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong to grant a full pardon to PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who was jailed for sodomising his former personal assistant.

The other point of contention, according to Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, was that the composition of the board was not proper, thus rendering their advice invalid.

He put the blame on the board, not the Agong.

“We are challenging the wrong advice given by the board to the Agong under Article 42 of the federal Constitution,” Haniff submitted.

Anwar and the board have applied to strike out the suit by lawyer Mohd. Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz who is challenging the Agong’s decison.

Another argument put forward by Haniff was that a pardon may only be given to terminate or suspend a sentence rather than revoking a conviction, which Anwar’s lawyer J. Leela didn’t agree with while also submitting that the full pardon granted cannot be challenged in court.

She quoted Article 42 of the Constitution to insist that the Agong can quash a court’s conviction, which senior federal counsel Natra Idris, for the board, agreed.

Justice Datuk Akhtar Tahir set September 21 for a decision and asked all parties to file their other arguments on or before August 21.

Anwar, now the MP for Port Dickson, was sentenced to five years jail for sodomising Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan with the conviction and sentence affirmed by the Federal Court on February 10, 2015.

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