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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd February 2023 18:22
Malcolm X’s daughters sue FBI, CIA and NYPD over his assassination

Wednesday February 22 2023

The Times

Malcolm X’s family are suing the CIA, FBI, New York Police Department and others for $100 million, accusing them of playing a role in the assassination of the civil rights leader.

Two of his daughters, Ilyasah Shabazz and Qubilah Shabazz, announced the planned legal action on the site of the former Audubon Ballroom in upper Manhattan, where their father was fatally shot as a crowd gathered to hear him speak on February 21, 1965.

Tuesday marked the 58th anniversary of Malcolm X’s assassination.

Malcolm X, also known as Malik el-Shabazz, was a prominent figure in the civil rights movement in American in the 1960s

Ilyasah Shabazz, who was two years old when she saw her father shot, said US officials fraudulently concealed evidence that they had “conspired to and executed their plan to assassinate” her father.

As the co-administrator of her father’s estate, she filed notices of the claim, which is the first step in the process, saying the agencies “conspired with each other and with other individuals and acted, and failed to act, in such a way as to bring about the wrongful death of Malcolm X”.

“For years our family has fought for the truth to come to light,” she said at the news conference. “We want justice served for our father.”


Three members of the Nation of Islam were convicted of his murder — Muhammad Abdul Aziz, Khalil Islam and Thomas Hagan. However, a renewed investigation in 2021 led a New York state judge to declare a miscarriage of justice and exonerate Aziz and Islam, after it was shown that prosecutors had withheld evidence which would have probably cleared them of the murder.

Hagan confessed to killing Malcolm X. Malcolm X had been a lead spokesman for the Nation of Islam until his acrimonious break from the organisation in 1964 after feeling constrained by the Nation’s rigid teachings.

Ben Crump, lawyer for the Shabazz family, said ever since his death aged 39 “there has been speculation as to who was involved in the assassination of Malcolm X”.

He cited the 2021 exonerations and said government agencies including the Manhattan district attorney, the NYPD and the FBI “had factual evidence, exculpatory evidence that they fraudulently concealed from the men who were wrongfully convicted for the assassination of Malcolm X”.

When asked if he believed government agencies conspired to assassinate Malcolm X, Crump said: “That is what we are alleging, yes. They infiltrated many civil rights organisations.”

Crump alleged that powerful figures in the US government had conspired to kill Malcolm X, mentioning the former FBI director J Edgar Hoover.

Crump said the family intends to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages in the range of $100 million (£83 million).

“It’s not just about the triggermen,” he said. “It’s about those who conspired with the triggermen to do this dastardly deed.”

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