A Black man wrongly convicted of killing Malcolm X has now filed a lawsuit against New York state for $20 million. Muhammed Aziz, now 83, spent 20 years behind bars on a first-degree murder charge in Malcolm X’s death. He was convicted along with two other men, Mujahid Halim and Khalil Islam, in 1966.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the Innocence Project both re-investigated Malcolm X’s murder. They uncovered FBI and NYPD documents that had been hidden from the prosecution and the defense.
The district attorneys office began an investigation after a Netflix documentary “Who Killed Malcolm X?” increased questions about the murder.
The documentary’s producer Phil Bertelsen told CBS News, “The FBI had eyewitness testimony from presumably the nine informants that were in the room that day about who did the crime.”
“Full descriptions of the men, and particularly the man who wielded the shotgun. That was information that was not given to the NYPD,” Bertelsen said.
“The case against them rested solely on highly contradictory and implausible eyewitness testimony,” according to the Innocence Project.
“My wrongful conviction was a terrible injustice that resulted from the deliberate and dishonest actions of corrupt officials,” Aziz said after his sentence was vacated.
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