Lawyer: My Case Could Derail Anwar’s PM Tenure

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Anwar Ibrahim’s tenure as prime minister, if he manages to become one in the coming days, would not be for long if the court rules against the Pardons Board’s decision to pardon him in 2018, said the lawyer who had filed the suit.

Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz had filed the suit against the board and the PKR president to challenge the advice given to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong by the board on May 16, 2018.

He said in a Facebook posting that Anwar would not go to jail if he loses the case but would no longer be the Port Dickson MP.

“What will happen if I win in the suit against the Pardons Board and Anwar? Will Anwar go to jail again, the answer is no.

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“But Anwar will lose his Port Dickson seat immediately and he will not be able to contest in the next GE. That is all,” he said his post.

Anwar was given full pardon by the Agong on May 15, 2018 as part of a promise by the incoming Pakatan Harapan government.

Anwar was at the Cheras Rehabilitation Hospital when he was freed after serving 1,557 days for sodomising an ex-aide.

However, Khairul said the full pardon was against the Clause 42(4) and (5) of the Federal Constitution where the powers of pardon shall be exercised on the advice of the Pardons Board.

He claimed that the Pardons Board was not completely formed after the formation of a new government, and it was impossible for the board to discuss and give advice to the King to release Anwar.

Therefore, the plaintiff, among others, applied for a declaration that the Pardon Board was illegally established under the Federal Constitution for the purpose of sitting and subsequently advising the Agong regarding Anwar’s pardon appeal, causing the advice given to be invalid and void.

On September 21, Anwar and the Pardons Board failed to quash the suit filed by Khairul, who challenged the validity of the full pardon granted to Anwar two years ago.

Judge Akhtar Tahir made the decision after finding that Khairul, as a civilian and a lawyer, had the legal right or locus standi to file the suit.

Anwar yesterday declared the Perikatan Nasional government led by Muhyiddin Yassin had fallen as he had a convincing majority to take over Putrajaya.

The PKR president said he had already spoken to the King through a telephone call after the monarch was admitted to the National Heart Institute.

Anwar said he would only reveal the number of MPs who switched to his side after he had informed the king. – TMI