Mahathir's four-party coalition won a historic election victory over former leader Najib Razak on May 9.

The pardons board in Malaysia's capital will meet this week to discuss Anwar's release and Mahathir said he would be released the same day.

He was sentenced to jail for five years after being found guilty of sodomy in 2015 by the Federal Court and was due for release on June 8 this year for good behaviour before being granted a full royal pardon from the King which helps him avoid a five-year ban on political activity. He says the funds were political donations from a Saudi royal family member.

Dressed in a suit, Anwar waved to reporters as he was whisked from a hospital, where he was recovering from shoulder surgery, to an audience with Malaysia's king.

"I expect him to play the same role as the leaders of the other three parties".


Anwar's wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, who is the new deputy premier, has said there was no rush for Anwar to take over.

That conviction is viewed by many in Malaysia as politically motivated, orchestrated by the previous government in a bid to decapitate Anwar's rising opposition movement. Two photos provided with the report and reviewed by Reuters showed a van with the department's logo and a shopping trolley filled with orange boxes. "Positions are secondary, please give us some space and time to serve the Malaysian people", she added.

In the 1990s, Mahathir was prime minister, Anwar who worked under him was his deputy and clear heir-apparent.

But in 1998, they disagreed on how to tackle the Asian financial crisis and fell out.

The 92-year-old former-PM was also the man responsible for putting Anwar in jail the first time around back in 1999 during Dr Mahathir's first stint in the prime minister's role between 1981 to 2003.


On the eve of last week's election, Anwar penned a note to supporters urging them to back Mahathir, who had brought him into government in the 1980s.

Low, a friend of Najib's stepson Riza Aziz, had no official role at 1MDB but USA investigators say he had considerable influence over its dealings and was often in contact with Najib.

"If there is no case, we do not go for detention without trial".

1MDB is now under global probes in at least six countries, including Switzerland and Singapore, over charges of money laundering and bribery.

"After the latest developments in Malaysia, the Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) is very much interested in renewing dialogue with the competent authorities in Malaysia".


Billions of dollars are believed to have been siphoned off from the fund, with most reportedly disappearing overseas, while $681 million also mysteriously appeared in Najib's personal bank accounts in 2013.

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