Published: Sunday, April 03, 2011, 9:30 PM Updated: Monday, April 04, 2011, 7:56 AM
Star-Ledger Staff By Star-Ledger Staff The Star-Ledger
NEWARK — A lawyer representing Al-Mustafa Shabazz today disputed an allegation that the 72-year-old Newark man was the main assassin of Malcolm X in 1965, an accusation made in a controversial book published today.
"I’ve spoken to him (Shabazz) and he categorically denies he was involved in the assassination of Malcolm X," said his attorney, J. Edward Waller.
In his major new biography "Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention," author Manning Marable, claims William Bradley, who many people over the years have placed at the shooting of Malcolm X, is married to Carolyn Kelley, now Carolyn Kelley Shabazz, a prominent civic leader in Newark. Marable died unexpectedly Friday from a long illness.
On Saturday, Carolyn Shabazz said her husband did not have any association with the death of the controversial black leader 46 years ago. He was not available to speak at the time and today Waller said he was now speaking for the couple.
"There’s nothing that ties him with the death of Malcolm X directly or indirectly," Waller said. "There’s nothing to support this."
In his book, Marable wrote extensively about Newark Mosque 25 and its alleged role in the conspiracy to assassinate Malcolm X. According to historian Abdur-Rahman Muhammad, who worked with Marable and interviewed many of the members of Newark’s Muslim community, the involvement of Mosque 25 had been "an open secret" for years.
Three men were eventually convicted of the murder of Malcolm X, who had publicly split with the Nation of Islam, but Marable and others have long asserted there were other assailants, including Bradley.
Marable spoke with a Star-Ledger reporter last year about the impending publication of his books and his allegations against Bradley.
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