Reports: Malcolm X Killing Men Get $36 Million

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New York City and New York State will pay $36 million each to two men wrongfully convicted in the assassination attempt on Malcolm X.

Muhammad Aziz (84), and Khalil Islam (84), who both died in 2009 were convicted of the March 1966 murder of Malcolm X and were sentenced to death. Published last NovemberNPR reported.

According to NPR, New York City will pay $26 Million and the state $10 million to Aziz or the estate of Islam.

“Muhammad Aziz, Khalil Islam, and their families suffered because of these unjust convictions for more than 50 years,”According to NPR, David Shanies, an attorney representing the men, stated this in an email. 

“The City recognized the grave injustices done here, and I commend the sincerity and speed with which the Comptroller’s Office and the Corporation Counsel moved to resolve the lawsuits.”

According to CBS New YorkThe case against Aziz & Islam was influenced by new evidence of witness intimidation.

Cyrus Vance Jr., the district attorney at that time, issued an apology to law enforcement for their exoneration “serious, unacceptable violations of law and the public trust,”CBS New York reported that the New York City Law Department stated it was standing by.

The following is an extract from the National Registry of ExonerationsMujahid Abdul Haim, along with Islam and Aziz, was also convicted in the assassination. Halim admitted to having shot Malcolm X, but said that he and the other two men were not involved.

“I just want to testify that [Aziz] and [Islam] had nothing to do with it,”According to the National Registry of Exonerations Halim was convicted in 1966. “I was there. I know what happened and I know the people who were there.” 

Cross-examination of Halim revealed that Halim was lying. All three men were convicted of murder, and sentenced to life imprisonment despite Aziz’s and Islam’s alibis according to the National Registry of Exonerations.

Shanies stated that the $36 Million settlement would send the message “police and prosecutorial misconduct cause tremendous damage, and we must remain vigilant to identify and correct injustices,”According to NPR 

NPR reported that the settlement will be divided equally between Aziz’s estate, and documents will be signed in the coming weeks. 

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