Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Malcolm X’s daughters call for new investigation into father’s murder


Die Töchter von Malcolm X wollen eine Wiederaufnahme des Verfahrens.

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New York – 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. At a press conference, Ilyasah Shabazz, one of the civil rights activist’s six daughters, demanded that all evidence relating to the case must be “thoroughly examined”.

A spokesman for the New York prosecutor said at the news agency’s request AFPthat a new review of the murder case is “underway”. The New York FBI office commented on AFP-Inquiry not.

Police officer blames police and FBI for complicity

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 is said to have lured the two bodyguards of Malcolm X 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.(APA / AFP)



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