Saiful Bukhari Azlan has claimed that Anwar Ibrahim’s family had approached him to seek a royal pardon from His Majesty the King for the jailed PKR de facto leader.
In his Facebook posting yesterday, Saiful said a close friend of Anwar, whom he declined to name, had visited him and conveyed the message.
“The person apologised in his personal capacity and said that he was representing Anwar’s family.
“He requested me to seek a royal pardon from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for the Anwar’s release.
“I am not sure of his real intention or was he really representing Anwar’s family,” said Saiful.
Saiful said the person requested that the royal pardon was to be made without changing or withdrawing his previous statements and accusations.
“The person told me that I have locus standi as the complainant in this case and that the King could pardon him under Article 42 of the Federal Constitution.
“He told me that Anwar had already served two years of his sentence and suggested that he could have repented by now,” said Saiful, who was a former aide to Anwar.
The person pointed out that according to Islamic law, the victims or their children could forgive and pardon the accused to either have the punishment made lighter or to be freed altogether.
Saiful said that he told the person he would think about it and would make a decision after consulting his family members.
“However, I do wonder if his intentions were genuine or whether they just want Anwar to contest in the next general election,” he said.
According to The Star Online however, Anwar’s family had denied Saiful’s claim.
The daily reported that Anwar’s daughter Nurul Nuha told a news portal that the claim was “nothing but slander” and stressed that the family had not contacted Saiful.