A New York judge overturned the sentences of Two black men for the assassination of 1965 of activist Malcolm X, after a new investigation inspired by a Netflix documentary found the FBI had hidden the prove of their innocence.
State Supreme Court Justice Ellen Biben threw it out beliefs of Muhammad A. Aziz (aka Norman 3X Butler) and Khalil Islam (aka Thomas 15X Johnson), who have been accused with assassinating Malcolm X at Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom and sentenced to life in prison in prison in 1966.
“I’m a 83-year-old man who was a victim of criminal justice system, “Muhammad Aziz says like DA moves to nullify his belief in Murder of Malcolm X. “Hope the same system that was responsible…also takes responsibility for the immeasurable damage is caused for me.” photo.twitter.com / T9noFKhOiS
– World news tonight (@ABCWorldNews) November 18, 2021
Thursday decision to void their ruling followed the 22-month investigation of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. and attorneys for the two men, which found that both prosecutors and the FBI had withheld prove that they could have exonerated Aziz and Islam during their trial.
According to the survey, prosecutors failed to reveal that undercover police officers were present at the Audubon Ballroom in that moment of the shooting. The NYPD did not disclose that the New York Daily News received a call giving them a tip off about the impending assassination. The FBI didn’t tell state officials that one man in particular who matched the description of one of the killers were known to them and even identified by an informant, leaving Aziz and Islam to blame instead.
“God bless you, they are exempt.” 55 years ago, Mujahid Abdul Halim insisted that his co-defendants in the Malcolm X murder trial were innocent. His testimony is one of the key pieces of trial in their exemption on Thursday: https://t.co/KY6CMrWeU4 – myself with @Jonesieman
– Three Strike Bussit 💉 💉💉 (née Ashley $ Southall) (@AshleyAtTimes) November 18, 2021
The probe did not find a conspiracy from government or the police to have Malcolm X killed, or reveal who prosecutors believe is in reality to blame. FBI notes identified the gun-wielding killer described by a witness as “Dark skin, stocky and with a ‘deep’ beard” in the role of William Bradley, alias Al-Mustafa Shabazz. Died in 2018 and his lawyer denied taking part in the killing.
Bradley was a hitman for Country of Islam, the organization Famous Malcolm X joined in 1952 but broke away from in 1964 to launch a new group, Organization of African American unity.
The third man condemned in the murder, Mujahid Abdul Halim, confessed to murder and his sentence was not overturned. He always maintained that Aziz and Islam were innocent. The two men spent decades trying to clear their names. Aziz was released from prison in 1985 and is now 83 years old. Islam was released in 1987 and died in 2009, at the age of 74.
“This was not a simple oversight”, their attorney Deborah Francois told the New York Times. “This was a product of extreme and gross official bad behavior.”
“These men I have not received justice they deserved “ DA Vance said. The failure you can’t fix it, him added, “But what we can do is recognize the error, the gravity of the error. “
His new investigation was inspired by the documentary Neftlix series “Who Killed Malcolm X?”, hosted by Abdur-Rahman Muhammad. After the start, a book was published blaming Bradley of being one of the murderers. “The Dead Are Arising”, by Les and Tamara Payne is gone on to win a Pulitzer Prize in the biography category.
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