Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim — jailed for years following a conviction on sodomy charges widely viewed as politically motivated — walked free on Wednesday following a royal pardon. The pardon, granted by Malaysia's King Muhammad V, was announced last week, a day after Mahathir Mohamad, the 92-year-old political stalwart who was prime minister for more than 20 years until he resigned in 2003, returned to power after a 15-year hiatus. As NPR's Bill Chappell reported last week, the move to pardon Anwar "had been discussed as a possibility before the election, but that was before the opposition pulled off its upset victory . The new coalition is led by Mahathir ... – Anwar's one-time ally, then his bitter enemy and, most recently, his political...
READ MORE >
Jailed Malaysian Reformist Anwar Ibrahim Free After Royal Pardon