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Anwar Ibrahim Has Officially Been Released!

Anwar Ibrahim Has Officially Been Released!

The pardon, which enables Anwar to re-enter politics immediately, was granted on the grounds that there had been a miscarriage of justice.

Ibrahim met the Malaysian king Sultan Muhammad V after he was released from jail.

Smiling and looking spry in a dark suit and tie, the 70-year-old gave a thumbs-up to a crowd of journalists before being whisked away by auto for an audience with the country's king.

The convoy, which picked up vehicles as it sped through the city, carried the 70-year-old Anwar to the king's palace, where he shared a warm handshake with new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad - his former nemesis and current ally - before having an audience with the monarch.

Anwar served as deputy prime minister and finance minister under Mahathir, and was seen as Mahathir's heir-apparent until he was sacked in 1999.

Once seen as a future leader, Anwar Ibrahim then fell out with the government. Mahathir has not yet moved into the prime minister's office.

Police have raided the home of former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak, reportedly in order to search for documents connected to the $3.2bn 1MDB scandal.

Filepic Singapore Stuff
Filepic Singapore Stuff

Anwar sought to allay those concerns, saying he was not in a hurry to take over from Mahathir. A long-standing proponent of reform in Malaysia's ethnocentric and nepotistic political sphere, Anwar has regularly been targeted by political opponents, including Mahathir, the man who finally secured his freedom.

"When you are incarcerated, you realize what is the meaning and significance of freedom", he told reporters outside his house in Kuala Lumpur.

According to news site Malaysiakini.com, others facing a travel ban are Mr Apandi, former national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar, former secretary-general of the Ministry of Finance and 1MDB chairman Irwan Serigar Abdullah, former chief of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Dzulkifli Ahmad and 1MDB chief executive Arul Kanda.

Malaysia's reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim has been freed from custody after receiving a royal pardon, paving the way for a political comeback following his alliance's stunning election victory. Asked about their past feuds, he said "I have forgiven him", adding "why should I harbor malice against him?" "Why should I harbour any malice towards him?" "For this, we will contact the governments of the countries to recover the money there", Mahathir said. Mahathir, who is now prime minister for a second stint, had vowed to enable Anwar's release and eventually step aside for him to become the prime minister.

Anwar's trial became a spectacle, with prosecutors at one stage bringing out what they said was a semen-stained mattress allegedly used when he had sex with two male aides. He remained imprisoned until 2004 when his conviction was overturned. In 2014, he was again convicted of sodomy in a separate case during the Najib administration.

On 10 February 2015, Malaysia's Federal Court, the highest court in the country, upheld the decision of the Court of Appeal.

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