Parti Keadilan Rakyat's (PKR) de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim will be released from prison on Tuesday, 15 May, after receiving a full pardon
Newly elected Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told reporters at a press conference on Friday that the king of Malaysia had decided to pardon Anwar immediately.
Anwar's eldest daughter and PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah told Reuters that the pardon from the monarch is being sought on the grounds of "miscarriage of justice".
On Saturday, the Permatang Pauh MP revealed that the paperwork for her father's release was under way
In 2015, 70-year-old Anwar was jailed for five years for sodomising a former aide, a charge which he described as a politically motivated move by former Prime Minister Najib Razak
Sodomy, which is illegal in Malaysia, carries a jail term of up to 20 years under section 377B of the Penal Code.
Read more about Mahathir's comments on Anwar's pardon and release here: