I support justice for Muhammad A. Aziz and Khalil Islam
On Feb. 21, 1965, civil rights leader Malcolm X was murdered while delivering a speech at the Audubon Ballroom in New York City. Mujahid Abdul Halim (previously known as Talmadge Hayer and Thomas Hagan), Muhammad A. Aziz (then known as Norman 3X Butler), and Khalil Islam (then known as Thomas 15X Johnson) were quickly arrested, convicted in 1966, and sentenced to life in prison. While Hayer admitted to the crime, Aziz and Islam always maintained their innocence, yet spent over 20 years in prison.
Islam died in 2009, but Aziz, now 81, is still fighting to clear his name.
The Innocence Project is working with civil rights attorney David Shanies and the Conviction Integrity Program of the New York County District Attorney’s Office to re-investigate Aziz’s conviction as well as Islam’s on behalf of his estate.
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