NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Applause broke out on Thursday when a judge handed down the sentence Muhammad Aziz and Kahlil Islam, two of three men convicted of murder of civil rights activist Malcolm X in Washington Heights in 1965.
Aziz and Islam spent more than two decades in prison for a crime they did not commit. Manhattan District Attorneys have formally asked the court to clear their charges after a 22-month investigation, CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported.
“I apologize on behalf of our nation’s law enforcement for this decades-long injustice that has eroded public trust in the institutions designed to ensure the protection of our nation. equality of law. We cannot recover what was taken from these men and their families, but by revising the records, perhaps we can begin to restore that trust,” said Vance.
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Aziz is glad that everyone finally knows the truth.
“I am an 83-year-old man, a victim of the criminal justice system,” Aziz said. “I hope the same system responsible for this betrayal of justice is also responsible for the incalculable harm it has caused me.”
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“We now have reports revealing that, by order of Director J. Edgar Hoover, the FBI has ordered multiple witnesses not to tell police or prosecutors that they were informants,” Vance said. trust the FBI”.
There is no forensic evidence against Aziz and Islam nor conflicting witness statements.
A third man who was convicted and also sentenced to life in prison told the court at trial that the other two were not related. Aziz and Islam were pardoned in the 1980s after serving more than 20 years. They have maintained their chastity from the very beginning.
“Although I don’t need a court, prosecutor or a piece of paper to say I’m innocent, I’m glad my family, friends and attorneys have worked and supported me all these years. finally see the truth. Aziz said.
“Today I feel the weight has been lifted off my brother’s shoulders. I see the weight lifted, the burden and the stigma and the shame of having to walk around as the man who killed Malcolm X,” said Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, the investigator behind the Netflix documentary.
View report by Alice Gainer
Islam died in 2009. His son says it’s hard to accept an apology now.
“There is so much discomfort, sadness. I mean, imagine growing up worrying about this every single day of your life as a kid,” said Shahid Johnson. “I was in the womb when he was taken away. So for 25 years there was no father-son relationship, except through the visiting rooms. ”
While these men cannot get back decades lost, their names have finally been revealed.
Malcolm Ilyasah Shabazz’s daughter said in a statement, “My young pregnant mother witnessed this horrific murder… Full justice will not be done until all of the victims have been killed. parties … be identified and brought to justice.”
State Senator James Sanders told CBS2’s Dick Brennan: “The so far delayed justice is denied, not only to him but to the whole family of Malcolm X,” State Senator James Sanders told Dick. CBS2’s Brennan.
Vance said every witness who testified in the trial is dead and all physical evidence, including a handgun used, is gone.
CBS2’s Dick Brennan contributed to this report, which first appeared on November 18, 2021.
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