Malcolm X daughter must stay in jail

Feb. 23, 2011 at 3:11 PM
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MARSHALL, N.C., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A daughter of Malcolm X must stay in a North Carolina jail until she is taken to New York to face charges there, a court has decided.

District Court Judge Greg Horne in Marshall, N.C., denied Malikah Shabazz's request for bond Tuesday, The Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-Times reported. Shabazz, 45, has waived extradition.

Shabazz was arrested Friday in Mars Hill on warrants from New York, where she faces numerous charges of swindling more than $55,000 via credit card fraud out of Khaula Bakr, 70, the widow of a bodyguard who was with Malcolm X when he was assassinated in 1965.

Horne gave New York authorities until March 4 to get Shabazz. If she is still in North Carolina then, he will reconsider bond, the Citizen-Times reported.

Shabazz's 13-year-old daughter has been in state custody since the arrest, and authorities are to trying to place her in a home in Asheville.

Prosecutor Virginia Thompson said the Queens, N.Y., District Attorney's Office "strongly" objected to bond for Shabazz, whom it considers a fugitive for the last 18 months.

Shabazz's attorney, Sean Devereux, said, "They knew where she was."

Shabazz has been in a long dispute with her sisters over the black leader's estate and unpublished works.

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