A court in New York overturned the convictions of two convicted in the case of the murder of the preacher and politician Malcolm X – Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam. How writes The New York Times, this happened after the Netflix documentary series Who Killed Malcolm X ?, in which the official outcome of the investigation was questioned.
The re-examination of the case was initiated by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance in February 2020.
Aziz and Islam served more than 20 years in prison, for many years they defended their innocence. “I am 83 years old and I became a victim of the criminal justice system” – stated Aziz shortly before the court’s decision.
Malcolm X (aka Malcolm Little) was killed on February 21, 1965, while speaking to the Organization of African American Unity at Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom. He received 21 gunshot wounds. Three members of the Nation of Islam were convicted for this murder: Muhammad A. Aziz, Khalil Islam and Mujahid Abdul Halim (then known as Thomas Hagan). The latter eventually confessed to the murder, while Aziz and Islam have proclaimed their innocence for decades.