Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, was arrested by the FBI yesterday while he was on his way to Iran for a conference. The FBI has not released any information about why Shabazz was arrested.
Iran’s television network, PressTV reported:
Muslim civil activist Malcolm Shabazz was reportedly arrested before starting his scheduled visit to Tehran to attend a conference on Hollywoodism, sources outside the United States confirmed on Monday.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has refused to provide any information about his whereabouts.
Tehran hosted the third Hollywoodism International Conference, on the sidelines of the 31st Fajr International Film Festival in the Iranian capital Tehran on Sunday.
Many filmmakers, directors, actors, and movie critics as well as politicians and economists took part in the conference.
In 1997, Shabazz started the fire that led to the death of his grandmother Betty Shabazz, who he was living with at the time. He pled guilty to manslaughter and arson, and was sentenced to 18 months in a juvenile facility. Since then, he’s been arrested for burglary and robbery (2002) and was in and out of jail until his parole in 2006. While he has a jaded past, Shabazz became an activist after his release.
HIs grandparents are probably turning in their graves.