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AFP
May 18, 2018

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Anwar says Najib likely to be jailed

KUALA LUMPUR: Newly released Malaysian political heavyweight Anwar Ibrahim said Thursday he expects ex-premier Najib Razak to be jailed over multi-billion-dollar graft claims.

In an interview with AFP a day after he walked free from custody — where he had languished since 2015 on what supporters say were trumped-up charges levelled at Najib´s behest — Anwar also said he would be back in parliament very soon. “Give me a few months, I should be back as an MP. It is the correct thing to do,” he said. Anwar´s release on Wednesday capped an astonishing week in Malaysian politics that saw Najib´s long-ruling Barisan Nasional coalition booted from power in a revolution at the ballot box. The election dramatically reversed Anwar´s fortunes, from prisoner to presumptive successor to 92-year-old Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

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