Former Malaysia deputy PM Ibrahim pardoned

Joseph Sipalan
Former Malaysia deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim has been freed from custody

Jailed former Malaysian deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim has been granted a full pardon and walked free from a Kuala Lumpur hospital where he has been undergoing treatment.

Smiling and waving to supporters on Wednesday, Anwar, 70, was surrounded by his family, lawyers and prison guards before getting into a car and driving to the palace for an audience with the king.

"The pardons board has already met and the king has granted a full pardon, which means all past convictions have been expunged," said Sivarasa Rasiah, Anwar's lawyer.