Lawyer fails to get leave to challenge PM Anwar’s 2018 royal pardon

PUTRAJAYA, Jan 10 — A lawyer has failed to obtain leave from the Federal Court here today to challenge the legality of a royal pardon granted to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in 2018.

Chief Justice Tun Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, who led a three-member bench in a unanimous decision, dismissed Mohd Khairul Azam Abdul Aziz’s applications to get leave to appeal after finding that the matter was now academic.

“The court below made a finding of fact that the Pardons Board was properly constituted. We concur that the questions proposed by the applicant (Mohd Khairul) did not meet the threshold requirement under Section 96 (a) and (b) of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964.

“The issue of non-justiciability is settled and this case does not warrant departure from the precedence,” the top judge said when delivering today’s decision via online proceedings.

The other judges on the panel were Federal Court judges Datuk Nallini Pathmanathan and Datuk Vernon Ong Lam Kiat. — Bernama


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