Man jailed for $36 million over Malcolm X killing U.S. News

Two men jailed for the murder of iconic civil rights activist Malcolm X are set to receive $36m (£31m) in compensation.

Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam were acquitted last year after an investigation found prosecutors, the FBI and New York police withheld evidence that could acquit them at trial.

The couple were released in the 1980s after about 20 years behind bars for the 1965 assassination.

They were jailed despite a third man convicted of the shooting, Mujahid Halim, testifying that they were innocent.

Lawyer David Shanis said: “Mohammad Aziz, Khalil Islam and their families deserve what they have endured.”

“They have lived their entire lives under the cloud of false accusations of killing a civil rights leader.”

Mr Islam died in 2009 at the age of 74, so his family will receive compensation. Mr. Aziz, 84, is married with six children.

New York City authorities will pay $26 million and another $10 million will come from New York State.

Malcolm X rose to prominence in an Islamic state that advocates black separatism.

Malcolm X was killed in Manhattan in February 1965.Image: Associated Press
Malcolm X was killed in Manhattan in February 1965.Image: Associated Press

In 1964, he fell out with and left the group’s leader, Elijah Muhammad, angering some of the group’s followers and leading to death threats. The following February, three men shot him at an event at Manhattan’s Audubon Ballroom.

Denzel Washington was nominated for an Oscar for playing Malcolm X in a critically acclaimed 1992 film.

The man who confessed to the murder, Mujahid Halim, was released on parole in 2010.

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