Malaysia rejects jailed opposition leader's petition for royal pardon

April 1, 2015 1:57 AM

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Malaysia rejects jailed opposition leader's petition for royal pardon

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia has rejected a petition seeking a royal pardon for jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is serving a five-year prison term for sodomy, court officials and his lawyers said on Wednesday.

The petition was filed by Anwar's family in February after his sentence was upheld by Malaysia's highest court. A pardons board said Anwar's sentence would be maintained but gave no explanation for the decision.

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