According to new reports, the city of New York is set pay “a man and the family of his late co-defendant $36 million.”
Both Muhammad Aziz, 84 and Khalil Islam 74 were wrongfully convicted in 1965 assassination of the late civil rights leader Malcolm X alongside Mujahid Abdul Halim. Khalil unfortunately died in 2009.
NBC reveals that the attorney for Aziz and Islam said Sunday that the city agreed to settle for a total of $26 million to cover the claims of both plaintiffs and that the state agreed to $10 million.
“This settlement brings some measure of justice to individuals who spent decades in prison and bore the stigma of being falsely accused of murdering an iconic figure,” The City of New York Law Department said through a spokesperson Sunday.
Halim took full responsibility for the shooting and he also admits that Aziz and Islam (his co-defendants) were not involved.