Anwar Ibrahim will be released after serving two-thirds of his five-year sentence from his 2014 conviction; the remainder of his prison term will be remitted.
In view of conflicting reports regarding Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s release from jail, the Prisons Department has confirmed that the PKR de facto leader will be released on June 8.
The Prisons Department’s director-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Omar said that the Putrajaya Federal Court had upheld Anwar’s conviction on Feb 10, 2015, and meted out the punishment of five years’ jail commencing from Feb 10, 2015.
The calculation for the prison sentence that must be served, as well as Anwar’s release date, was done by the Prisons Department based on Section 44 of the Prison Act 1995 as well as Rule 43 (1) (a) of the Prisons Regulations 2000.
“The Act and the Regulations give a one-third remittance from the sentence to any prisoner who undergoes a sentence exceeding one month. The calculation performed found that Anwar’s release date is June 10, 2018.
“Regulation 28 Prison Rules 2000 also clarifies that if the release of a prisoner falls on a weekly holiday or a public holiday, the prisoner shall be released the previous day,” said Zulkifli.
As June 10, 2018, is a Sunday and June 9, 2018, is a Saturday, Anwar can be released on June 8, 2018, which is a Friday and two days earlier than his scheduled date.
“Until the release of this statement, the Malaysian Prisons Department and Sungai Buloh Prison have not received any warrant or order from any competent authority which ordered Anwar’s sentence to be amended.
“His release date, which is on June 8, 2018, also has nothing to do with the implementation of the parole system or any order from the Pardons Board,” Zulkifli added.
Anwar was sentenced to his five-year sentence for sodomy in March 2014, after the Court of Appeal found him guilty of the offence.
Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the federal government would not dispute Anwar’s release, saying that the sentence term must be respected by everyone.
However, he said Anwar was not likely to play any formal role in the 14th general election that must be called by June 24 due to his disqualification.
Pakatan Harapan also announced yesterday that it would appoint Anwar as the eighth prime minister after going through a process to clear legal hurdles prohibiting him from active politics.