I am reproducing in full an article that was published in the Telegraph about the assassination of Malcolm X, an American Black leader, and activist. His assassination led to the eventual conviction of two black men. After all these years, now, it has turned out that the prosecution withheld important evidence from the court in a successful effort to seek their condemnation. Such evidence could have led to their acquittal.
Only one of the two accused is still alive and after being informed of the admittance by the US authorities of such a miscarriage of justice, he defined his whole trial as “corrupt to its core”.
Unfortunately, in Malta, we have a similar situation. The Office of the Attorney General and those behind Daphne Caruana Galizia’s case are all resorting to such types of tactics. Their campaign is a replica of this corrupt American model. The fact is that the prosecution against Yorgen Fenech is corrupt to the core. The defence lawyers have already accused the Deputy General Advocate of the Republic of Malta, Philip Galea Farrugia of having resorted to the use of dirty tricks to seek the condemnation of Yorgen Fenech.
There should be no doubt that both the prosecution and the Caruana Galizia family have hidden important evidence from the defence that can lead to the release and eventual acquittal of Yorgen Fenech. Serious and important evidence in the hands of the police and the Office of the Advocate General has not been presented in court as evidence in this case in an effort to seek the conviction of Yorgen Fenech and in return, the family will get monetary compensation.
For this reason, the prosecution and the family are more than ready to lead a course of justice that is corrupt to the core. One needs to remember that the defence team had to recur to the Superior Courts to force the Police Commissioner to provide them with important evidence which is in his hands. The Office of the State Advocate, (which is a sister entity of the Office of the Attorney General) sought to ridicule such a request.
Unfortunately, in Malta, these types of American tactics are becoming all too familiar. These situations, which are being condemned in America as corrupt, are becoming the run of the mill in the way our Office of the Attorney General is leading the prosecution in the murder case of Daphne Caruana Galizia.
The following is the article that appeared in the UK Telegraph about the false convictions related to the murder of Malcolm X.
Two men convicted of killing Malcolm X to have convictions quashed
Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam were sentenced to life for shooting the civil rights leader in 1965ByOur Foreign Staff18 November 2021 • 3:27am
Two men found guilty of killing Malcolm X are to have their convictions thrown out, one of them posthumously, in an admission by US authorities of a historic miscarriage of justice.
Manhattan district attorney Cyrus Vance will hold a press conference on Thursday to announce the exoneration of Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam, who were sent to prison for the assassination in 1965.
Aziz, 83, was sentenced to life in prison in 1966 but was released in 1985. Also sentenced to life, Islam was released in 1987 and died in 2009.
“These men did not get the justice that they deserved,” Mr Vance said in an interview with The New York Times. “What we can do is acknowledge the error, the severity of the error.”
The newspaper said that a 22-month investigation conducted jointly by the Manhattan district attorney’s office and lawyers for the two men found that prosecutors, the FBI and the New York police department withheld evidence that would likely have led to the acquittal of the two men.
A third man, Mujahid Abdul Halim, 80, confessed to Malcolm X’s murder and was released from prison in 2010. Halim claimed during their 1966 trial that Aziz and Islam were innocent.
All three were members of the black nationalist group Nation of Islam, which Malcolm X had recently renounced.
The civil rights leader was shot dead by three gunmen on February 21, 1965 as he prepared to deliver a speech in a Manhattan ballroom.
Halim was taken into custody at the scene with a bullet wound to the leg.
Aziz and Islam were arrested several days later. Both denied involvement in the assassination and provided alibis for where they were at the time of the shooting.
Aziz said in a statement on Wednesday that “the events that brought us here should never have occurred; those events were and are the result of a process that was corrupt to its core – one that is all too familiar – even in 2021.”
“While I do not need a court, prosecutors, or a piece of paper to tell me I am innocent, I am glad that my family, my friends, and the attorneys who have worked and supported me all these years are finally seeing the truth we have all known, officially recognised,” he added.
Considered one of the most influential African Americans of the 20th century along with Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X was an outspoken advocate of black rights.
Born Malcolm Little in 1925, he fell into crime as a young man and became a devout follower of Islam while in prison.
Upon his release, he changed his surname to “X” as a symbol of the original name of his family lost under slavery.
He rose to prominence as a minister and spokesman for the Nation of Islam, advocating black self-dependence and esteem. He also condoned the use of violence for self-protection.
Disillusioned with the Nation of Islam, Malcolm X broke away from the group in 1964 and formed the short-lived Organization of Afro-American Unity to continue the promotion of black rights.