KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territories Pardons Board will meet tomorrow to deliberate on Anwar Ibrahim’s clemency petition, lawyer Sivarasa Rasiah said.
He said the board would meet at 11am in the presence of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Sivarasa said board members, including Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, would deliberate on the matter.
The Attorney-General is also a member of the board.
“However, the Federal Constitution allows the AG to delegate his function to another person,” he told reporters after following the High Court ruling that allowed Anwar’s defamation suit against TV3.
Earlier today, Mahathir said AG Apandi Ali had been told to go on leave. His duties will be taken over by Solicitor-General Engku Nor Faizah Engku Atek.
Sivarasa, who is a PKR political bureau member, said Anwar was expected to be freed in the afternoon.
“We are expecting a free pardon for Anwar so that he can return to active politics soon,” said Sivarasa, who is also Sungai Buloh MP.
In early 2015, the Federal Court upheld the Court of Appeal decision to sentence Anwar to five years’ jail for sexual misconduct against his former aide, Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
On Saturday, Mahathir said the king was ready to give Anwar a full royal pardon immediately and that this would enable his former deputy prime minister the chance to re-enter the political scene.
Last week, PH, which consists of PKR, DAP, PPBM and Amanah and its allies in Sabah and Sarawak, formed the federal government after winning 122 seats.