Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Malcolm X’s family demand reopening of his murder investigation


Three of Malcolm x’s six daughters, Qubiliah Shabazz (left), Ilyasah Shabazz (center) and Gamilah Shabazz, on February 21, 2021 in New York City. – AFP

Could the murder of Malcolm X be finally solved in the United States? On Sunday, after the publication of new testimony implicating the authorities of the time, the daughters of the black-American activist demanded the reopening of the investigation into his death. The “examination” of the file is “in progress”; a spokesperson for the Manhattan district attorney said.

The testimony comes from a former New York police officer who has died today. In a letter, presented during the press briefing, he accuses the police, New York police and FBI, of complicity in the murder. According to his cousin, the policeman, who was black and operated undercover, claims to have approached, at the request of his hierarchy, the entourage of Malcolm X and to have trapped two of his bodyguards, arrested only a few days before murder.

Aspects of the file “kept secret”

On February 21, 1965, 55 years ago to the day, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, whose real name was, was therefore deprived of the presence of these two men when he appeared for an address in the Audubon. Ballroom, a performance hall in upper Manhattan, before falling under the bullets of three shooters.

More generally, the former police officer, who wanted his testimony to become public only after his death, maintains that the New York Police (NYPD) and the FBI have kept certain aspects of the case secret. In February 2020, after the broadcast of a documentary on Netflix (Who Killed Malcolm X ?, Manhattan prosecutor Cyrus Vance had asked his teams to review the case to determine whether or not the investigation should be reopened.

Archives transmitted to the prosecutor

Solicited by AFP on Sunday, the New York police said they had communicated to the prosecutor’s office “all the archives related to this case”. The NYPD “stands ready to contribute to this review in any way.” Contacted by AFP, the FBI office in New York did not respond.

“Anything that sheds more light on the truth about this terrible tragedy should be carefully considered,” said Ilyasah Shabazz, one of Malcolm X’s three daughters at the press briefing, of the six he had had. with his wife Betty.

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