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Family seeks royal pardon to free jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is greeted by his supporters as he returns from a Friday prayer to a court house during the final hearing of his sodomy conviction in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The family of jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar has sought a royal pardon in a last-ditch effort to try free him from a sodomy conviction. Nurul Nuha Anwar, his second daughter, said in a statement late Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 that there has been a "miscarriage of justice" against her father, whom she described as a "political prisoner". (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2014 file photo, Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim is greeted by his supporters as he returns from a Friday prayer to a court house during the final hearing of his sodomy conviction in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The family of jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar has sought a royal pardon in a last-ditch effort to try free him from a sodomy conviction. Nurul Nuha Anwar, his second daughter, said in a statement late Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 that there has been a "miscarriage of justice" against her father, whom she described as a "political prisoner". (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)  (The Associated Press)

The family of jailed Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has sought a royal pardon in a last-ditch effort to try free him from a sodomy conviction.

Anwar, 67, began a five-year prison sentence Feb. 10 after Malaysia's top court turned down his final appeal, ruling there was overwhelming evidence that he sodomized a former male aide.

Nurul Nuha Anwar, his second daughter, said in a statement late Monday that there has been a "miscarriage of justice" against her father, whom she described as a "political prisoner".

She said the family believes "justice will prevail when all the facts are scrutinized without political intervention."

The case was widely seen as politically motivated to eliminate threats to the ruling coalition, whose popularity has been eroding in the last two elections.