Malcom X assassin to walk free

2010-03-20 10:26

The killer of African-American rights activist Malcolm X will be paroled next month after more than four decades in the prison system, an official said yesterday.

Thomas Hagan, who confessed to the 1965 shooting of Malcolm X, has been partially free on work release for the last 22 years, although he was still required to spend two nights a week at a low-security Manhattan prison.

“He is tentatively scheduled to be released on April 28,” New York state parole board spokesperson Marc Violette said.
The decision was taken at a parole hearing on March 3, Violette said. Such hearings are not widely publicised and the news only emerged this week.

Hagan (69) was a member of the militant  movement when Malcolm X was shot in New York while giving a speech. He told his trial a year later that he was responsible for the slaying.

Malcolm X was a controversial black rights leader and had been a top Nation of Islam figure.

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