Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Civil rights activist murdered in 1965: New evidence exposed over 50 years after Malcolm X was murdered


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The daughters of the murdered civil rights activist demand that their father’s case be reopened. A recently deceased policeman accused the New York police and the FBI in a letter published after his death.

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Qubiliah Shabazz, Ilyasah Shabazz and Gamilah Shabazz (from left) demand that the murder of their father Malcolm X be reopened. (February 20, 2021)

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Reggie Wood, a relative of the late police officer Ray Wood, speaks at a news conference about the new evidence.  The image of Malcolm X can be seen in the background.  (February 20, 2021)

Reggie Wood, a relative of the late police officer Ray Wood, speaks at a news conference about the new evidence. The image of Malcolm X can be seen in the background. (February 20, 2021)

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The new evidence: In a letter from the late cop Ray Wood, the New York police and the FBI are accused of complicity in the murder.  The letter could not be opened until after Wood's death.

The new evidence: In a letter from the late cop Ray Wood, the New York police and the FBI are accused of complicity in the murder. The letter could not be opened until after Wood’s death.

AFP

The daughters of US civil rights activist Malcolm X, murdered in 1965, have called for a full new investigation into the attack. Over the weekend, they relied on newly emerged evidence that allegedly implicated the New York Police and the FBI in the attack. All evidence on the case would have to be “thoroughly checked”, demanded Ilyasah Shabazz, one of the six daughters of the civil rights activist, in a press conference.

A spokesman for the prosecutor’s office in New York said when asked by the AFP news agency that a new investigation into the murder case was “underway.” The New York FBI office did not respond to AFP’s request.

Shot shortly before the speech

Malcolm X was shot dead on February 21, 1965 while performing in Harlem, New York. During the press conference on Saturday, a letter was read from a deceased police officer alleging that the New York police and the FBI were complicit in the murder. The late official Raymond Wood did not want his statements on the case to be published until after his death.

Wood – an African American – is said to have lured Malcolm X’s two bodyguards into a trap as an undercover agent. The two bodyguards were arrested a few days before the murder. When he appeared in Harlem, the civil rights activist was without a bodyguard. He was shot dead when he was about to start giving a speech.

Three men were sentenced to life imprisonment for the attack. One of them, Thomas Hagan, confessed to the crime, but called the other two convicts innocent. Hagan was released in 2010 after granting a petition for clemency that he had submitted. He was a former member of the Muslim black movement Nation of Islam, of which Malcolm X was a leader. One of the other two convicts died in prison in 2009. The third convict was released on parole in 1985.

(AFP)





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