28 Apr 2010

One of Malcolm X's assassins freed after 45 years

4:40 pm on 28 April 2010

A man jailed for the killing of the African-American civil rights leader Malcolm X in 1965 has been released on parole.

Thomas Hagan, who is now 69, confessed to being one of three people involved in shooting Malcolm X as he began a speech at the Audubon Ballroom in Harlem, New York, on 21 February 1965.

He repeatedly expressed regret for his actions, but 16 previous applications for parole were turned down.

For more than 20 years he has been partially free on a system of day release from prison, spending five nights a week at his Brooklyn home.