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Convicted decades ago, the US court acquitted two men of the charge of assassinating Malcolm X

Yesterday, Thursday, the American judiciary acquitted two of the 3 men who were convicted of the assassination of Malcolm X, one of the most prominent figures in the struggle of blacks for their rights.

Judge Elaine Pepin considered that the conviction of Muhammad Aziz, now 83, and Khalil Islam, who died in 2009, more than half a century ago, “constituted a failure of the judiciary.”

The two men were formally acquitted after a joint request by Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan District Attorney, the prosecution, and the Innocence Project, which fights wrongdoing.

During this televised hearing, the New York attorney general offered “apologies” to the judicial authorities for “decades of injustice and unacceptable violations of the law and the trust of public opinion.”

Nation of Islam

It is reported that Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam, who were convicted at that time along with a third man, Thomas Hagan, who confessed to his participation in the assassination, were members of the “Nation of Islam” movement, of which Malcolm X was one of its symbols, but he moved away from it in an atmosphere of great tension.

The activist was shot dead by several people on February 21, 1965 while giving a speech at the Audubon Hall in Harlem.

Although he was a controversial figure, his murder shook the United States, and reflected the country’s political and social tension in the 1960s, which saw the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and another more important figure in the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King, in 1968.

New information

And in February 2020, after the broadcast of a documentary on “Netflix” entitled “Who Killed Malcolm X?” Raising doubts about the involvement of Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam, Attorney General Cyrus Vance asked his teams to study the file again.

This judicial development threatens to reinforce the hypothesis of the ambiguous role played by the FBI and the New York Police at that time.

In February 2021 an indictment letter left by a policeman after his death was revealed, and Malcolm X’s daughters have already requested that the investigation be reopened.

The policeman said that he approached at the request of his leadership from the circles of Malcolm X, and ambushed two of his bodyguards, who were arrested a few days before the assassination to weaken the security measures surrounding the black leader.

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Reference-www.aljazeera.net

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