Police enter home of Najib Razak

Malaysia's Anwar says Najib likely headed to jail

Safe-crackers called in to bust open safe at home of Malaysia's former PM

Reuters reported that witnesses saw around a dozen armed police enter Najib's home after he returned from prayers at a mosque.

A police spokeswoman could not be contacted for comment.

More than 100 people, including journalists and members of the public, gathered outside his family home after police vehicles arrived. The events were being streamed live on Facebook by local media and one account had attracted almost 8,000 viewers.

But the 92-year-old Mahathir, now himself arrayed against the BN coalition he once headed, led Anwar's pro-reform alliance to a stunning election victory last week and orchestrated the release of his old foe in an extraordinary rapprochement.

Mahathir Mohamad reacts as he speaks during a press conference at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 10, 2018. He has also ordered the attorney general who cleared Najib of any wrongdoing in 2016 to go on leave pending an investigation, while the head of the anti-graft body has resigned.

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Anwar's freedom is expected to ease fears of a growing rift within the newly formed coalition government, after differences erupted between supporters of Mahathir and Anwar over cabinet positions and Anwar's role in the party.

Mahathir pledged to hold Najib accountable. However, the relationship between the two remains volatile, and will largely determine what course Malaysia will chart in the coming months. As for his political future, he said he wants to take time to be with his family and that at least for now, he doesn't need to serve in cabinet. "We have enjoyed good relations with Malaysia under former Prime Minister Najib Razak, and cooperated on major projects that benefit both sides", Lee said.

"Anwar bin Ibrahim", said a statement issued by the palace.

"Seeing him walk free makes me emotional, but the fight is not over", said Ridzuan Ismail, an Anwar supporter at the hospital.

Anwar was Mahathir's deputy in the 1990s, but fell out with his mentor during the 1997-99 Asian financial crisis.

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Sodomy is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia, where the offence carries a jail term of up to 20 years.

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"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. "Why should I harbour any malice towards him?"

"The King decreed that it was rare to find a politician that honour a promise despite being given the opportunity", Anwar said in his speech at a gathering to celebrate his release from jail at Padang Timur.

Mahathir said the government was also committed to repaying any debts linked to the fund that it has guaranteed.

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