Two men convicted of killing Malcolm X to be exonerated


Two men convicted of fatally shooting Malcolm X — Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam — are set to be exonerated, The New York Times reports. According to the outlet, the two men’s convictions are expected to be thrown out on Thursday (Nov. 18) after an investigation uncovered evidence that was previously withheld by the FBI and NYPD. Attorneys representing Aziz and Islam and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. shared the news on Wednesday (Nov. 17) following a 22-month investigation into their conviction. Investigators found, NYT reports; that prosecutors, the NYPD and FBI withheld evidence from the civil rights leader’s murder that could have led to the two men’s acquittal. The findings validate many people’s long-held belief that Aziz and Islam, who were known as Nation of Islam members Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson at the time, were innocent.


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