It is a new testimony, left in writing by a policeman at the time, which leads the daughters of Malcolm X, alias El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, to demand the reopening of the investigation into his murder.
On February 21, 1965, the African-American activist and activist for civil rights was shot dead by 21 bullets during a speech at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem. Muhammad Aziz, Moudjahid Abdul Halim and Khalil Islam, three members of the politico-religious organization Nation of Islam (NOI), of which Malcolm X was the spokesperson before he distanced himself from it, not without causing conflicts with its leader, were convicted in 1966 and sentenced to life in prison.
But in this letter, unveiled during a press briefing, this New York policeman at the time implicates the New York police and the FBI. Robert Wood, who did not want his testimony to be made public before his death, says he was responsible for ensuring that there would be no security guards at the entrance to the building where Malcolm X was to do his allowance on the day of his death. To do this, he would have approached the activist’s entourage and would have trapped two of his bodyguards, who were arrested a few days before the assassination. In addition, the witness claims that the New York police and the FBI kept certain elements of the file secret.
“Anything that sheds light on the truth about this terrible tragedy should be carefully considered.“, declared Ilyasah Shabazz, one of the six daughters of Malcolm X, during the press briefing. Contacted by . on Sunday, a spokesman for the Manhattan prosecutor indicated that”examination“of the file was”In progress“The New York police told the French agency that they had communicated to the prosecutor’s office.”all archives related to this case“. The NYPD”remain ready to contribute to this review in any wayThe FBI, also contacted by ., did not follow up.
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. This six-episode documentary follows in the footsteps of historian Abdur-Rahman Muhammad who left for the search for answers to this murder questions the guilt of the three convicted persons and already suggested the involvement of the FBI in the affair. Islam Khalil and Aziz Muhammad have claimed their innocence for years, the latter benefiting from a reduced sentence in 1985, but has not yet been rehabilitated.