The daughter of Malcolm X signed a statement last month incriminating herself in a plot to assassinate Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, sources confirmed Friday.
One source familiar with the investigation characterized the still undisclosed statement as “a confession.”
However, William Kunstler, one of a battery of defense lawyers representing Qubilah Bahiyah Shabazz, disputed the reliability of such a document.
“It was made without any attorneys present - just another example of overzealous prosecutors taking advantage of a young woman with a history of emotional problems,” Kunstler said in a telephone interview.
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Shabazz, 34, signed the statement in December after the FBI confronted her with what it knew about the alleged murder-for-hire affair.
When Shabazz made those incriminating admissions she was not yet accused of any crimes and was not in the custody of law enforcement officials. It was not clear whether she was advised of her rights to consult an attorney prior to making any statements.
Shabazz was named last week in a nine-count federal indictment.