Malcolm X assassin walks free after 4 decades

The killer of African-American rights activist Malcolm X was freed today after more than four decades in the prison system, an official said.

New York: The killer of African-American
rights activist Malcolm X was freed today after more than four decades in the prison system, an official said.

"He was released today. His release was approved," said
Linda Foglia, spokeswoman, at the New York state department of
correctional services.

Thomas Hagan, who confessed to the 1965 shooting of
Malcolm X, had 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.

Hagan, 69, was a member of the militant Nation of Islam
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.

PTI

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