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Pardons Board rejects Anwar’s petition

KUALA LUMPUR — April 1, 2015: The Pardons Board has rejected the petition for a royal pardon sought by opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who is serving a five-year jail sentence for sodomy.

Senior federal counsel Amarjeet Singh stated today that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong rejected Anwar’s petition at a meeting of the board on March 16.

As such, Anwar is disqualified as a member of parliament based on Article 48(4)(c) of the federal Constitution, he told reporters at the High Court
(Appellate and Special Powers Division). Anwar is the MP for Permatang Pauh.

Amarjeet said that by virtue of the decision, the court also dismissed Anwar’s application for leave for a judicial review of the decision of the commissioner-general of prisons prohibiting him from attending Dewan Rakyat sittings.

Judge Datuk Asmabi Mohamad made the decision in chambers in the presence of Amarjeet and Anwar’s lawyer, Latheefa Koya. The judge dismissed the application with cost of RM3,000.

On February 24, Anwar’s wife Datin Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and their two children Nurul Izzah and Nurul Nuha submitted the petition for a pardon over the five-year jail sentence imposed on Anwar after he was found guilty of having sodomised his former personal aide Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

Latheefa said a letter addressed to the prison director stated the decision of the board and said the sentence on Anwar should be carried out.

She said an affidavit of the director-general of the legal affairs division of the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Nursiah Arshad, was attached to the letter.

The affidavit states that the petition was presented to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and that on March 16 the Agong and the board of the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan and Putrajaya held a meeting to discuss it.

“At the meeting, the Agong stated that the sentence imposed on the applicant should be carried out.

“The letter bearing the decision of the Agong was handed to the director-general of prisons for the information of the applicant on March 26,” said Latheefa.

However, she said, Anwar’s family disputed the decision because no letter on the petition was sent to the family.

“The decision of the board must be made by the Agong and must be conveyed to the family.

“In this matter, the decision was made by the board which referred to a rejection of the petition under Regulation 113 of the Prisons Regulations.

“However, Anwar’s family did not make the application under Regulation 113 and hence the dispute. Because of this we continued submissions for leave for Anwar, who is the elected representative for Permatang Pauh, to attend parliament.

“However, Judge Asmabi decided to dismiss the leave application. We will appeal today’s decision,” she said.

On Feb 10, the Federal Court dismissed an appeal by Anwar and upheld the conviction and jail sentence imposed on him for sodomising Saiful on June 26, 2008. — Bernama

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