Two men convicted of killing civil rights leader Malcolm X to be exonerated

Two men convicted of killing civil rights leader Malcolm X to be exonerated



Two of the three men convicted of 1965 killing civil rights leader Malcolm X will soon be exonerated, Manhattan's district attorney said in a statement.



After a 22-month investigation, District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. found that authorities withheld evidence in the trial of Muhammad A. Aziz, 83, and the late Khalil Islam, who died in 2009, the New York Times reported. Both men spent over two decades in prison for a crime they vowed they did not commit.



New York County District Attorney, Cyrus Vance Jr. will hold a news conference Thursday to announce the investigation's findings.



Malcolm X was one of the civil rights era’s most compelling and controversial figures. The influential Black leader was assassinated as he began a speech in the Audubon Ballroom on Feb. 21, 1965.



Muhammad Aziz, Khalil Islam, and a man later known as Thomas Hagan were convicted of murder the next year and sentenced to life in prison.





From left: Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam in 1965.


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