Two men jailed for decades for the 1965 murder of Muslim minister and civil rights activist Malcolm X are set to be acquitted, according to news reports on Wednesday.
Muhammad Aziz and the late Khalil Islam, members of the Nation of Islam in 1965, known respectively as Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson, were convicted of shooting Malcolm X as they shot at Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom on Feb. I started a speech. 21, 1965.
The men maintained their innocence and were expected to be officially acquitted this week after a recent 22-month investigation.
“These people didn’t get the justice they deserved,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. told The New York Times, adding that a full waiver would be official on Thursday.
Islam was released from prison in 1987 and died in 2009, while Aziz was released in 1985.
Born in Malcolm X, Omaha, Nebraska, Malcolm Little advocated black self-determination and rejected integration, putting him at odds with other civil rights leaders, including Martin Luther King Jr.
For 12 years, he was the spokesman for the Nation of Islam, a black Muslim religious and political organization that he disbanded shortly before his death.
It is not clear who killed Malcolm X.
Some of the information in this report comes from the Associated Press.