Two to be cleared over Malcolm X killing

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Two of the three men convicted in the assassination of Malcolm X are set to be cleared after insisting on their innocence since the 1965 killing of one of the United States' most formidable fighters for civil rights, Manhattan's top prosecutor says.

Prosecutors now say authorities withheld evidence that favored the defence in the trial of Muhammad Aziz, now 83, and the late Khalil Islam, according to The New York Times.

Aziz and Islam spent decades in prison for the crime but a recent documentary sparked a nearly two-year investigation by their lawyers and the Manhattan district attorney's office.

A court date is expected on Thursday.

"These men did not get the justice that they deserved," District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr told the NYT.

Vance later tweeted that his office, the Innocence Project and civil rights lawyer David Shanies' office would ask a judge to toss out the convictions, with more details to come on Thursday.

A court date is expected then.

One of the civil rights era's most controversial and compelling figures, Malcolm X rose to fame as the Nation of Islam's chief spokesperson, proclaiming the Black Muslim organisation's message at the time: racial separatism as a road to self-actualisation.

He famously urged black people to claim civil rights "by any means necessary".

He split from the Nation of Islam about a year before he was gunned down as he began a speech in Harlem's Audubon Ballroom on February 21, 1965.

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