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2 men convicted of 1965 killing of Malcolm X to be cleared — report

Malcolm X speaks to reporters in Washington, May 1963. (AP Photo/file)
Malcolm X speaks to reporters in Washington, May 1963. (AP Photo/file)

NEW YORK — Two men convicted in the assassination of Malcolm X are set to be cleared after more than half a century, with prosecutors now saying authorities withheld evidence in the civil rights leader’s killing, according to a news report.

The New York Times reports today that Muhammad Aziz and the late Khalil Islam, who spent decades in prison for the crime, are being exonerated after a nearly two-year investigation by their lawyers and the Manhattan district attorney’s office. A court date is expected tomorrow.

“These men did not get the justice that they deserved,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. tells the newspaper.

Malcolm X was gunned down as he began a speech in Harlem’s Audubon Ballroom on February 21, 1965.

The two men were then known as Norman 3X Butler and Thomas 15X Johnson. Aziz, 83, was released in 1985. Islam was released two years later and died in 2009.

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