Two of the three men who were found guilty of killing Malcolm X will be exonerated of their convictions, according to Hot New Hip Hop. The third man, Mujahid Abdul Halim, had confessed his involvement in the assassination of the civil rights icon during the high-profile 1966 trial.
The development comes following a near 22-month investigation which found the NYP and FBI hid crucial evidence from court that would’ve set aside their conviction and subsequent prison sentence, New York Times reported.
Both Aziz and Islam, who passed away in 2009, spent more than two decades behind bars. They were also placed in solitary confinement and even witnessed the infamous Attica Prison riot in 1971. Both were released on parole during the late eighties.
Civil rights lawyer Bryan Stevenson lauded the decision to overturn their convictions, saying the exoneration has been “long overdue.” “This is one of the most prominent figures of the 20th century who commanded enormous attention and respect. And yet, our system failed,” he said.
Halim, 80, had previously stated on numerous occasions that both Aziz and Islam were innocent. He reiterated his claims during an interview with NYT and lauded their exoneration by saying: “God bless you, they’re exonerated.”
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